F’ville approves tiny houses, treehouses at Pinewood Forest

The live-create-play community of Pinewood Forest is building on its unique residence options. On Thursday night, the Fayetteville City Council approved revisions to the Pinewood Forest development agreement, which were highlighted by allowances for tiny houses and treehouses.

An increasingly popular housing option, the simple living style of tiny houses is coming to Pinewood Forest. Within the community, the homes can range in size from a minimum of 370 square feet up to 600.

A maximum of 50 tiny houses would bump the allowed number of single-family residences to 650 (with an additional 600 multi-family units, 300 hotel units, 100 townhouses, and office, commercial, and mixed-use).

If you prefer something with a little more elevation, they will also be allowed to offer treehouses and canopy homes. The details of the treehouse are far from finalized, with developers still getting a feel for how they will look, and city staff is working to ensure they minimize impact on surrounding trees.

Councilman Rich Hoffman said he trusts that the developers will do a top-notch job because they have invested so much in the project already.

“I feel like the cost of the project and the fact that the houses are relatively expensive says that they are going to do a good job going forward to monitor themselves and police it,” he said. “I don’t feel we have to be a policing agency, I feel we can put our confidence in what’s happening out there right now.”

Mayor Ed Johnson expressed excitement about what Pinewood Forest could mean to the city.

“This is a unique design and a unique development,” he said, comparing it to planned communities like Serenbe and Seaside, FL. “I think this is an opportunity for Fayetteville, along with Pinewood Forest, to say we have something that is unique that is going to attract people and creative talents.”

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