APA Missouri Chapter


Friday, June 15, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MO, United States

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The Tiny House movement has recently gained recognition due to the popularity of television shows and social media. While some Americans choose to downsize to enjoy simpler living in a smaller space, tiny homes also have the potential to provide affordable housing options for residents. Explore how Veterans Community Project is building a specialized community of tiny homes and on-site services to provide stability for veterans and how other cities in the Kansas City region are reacting to the Tiny House movement.

This session will discuss the recent trend of tiny homes as housing options within cities. In January 2018, Veterans Community Project - Kansas City completed the first phase of “Veterans Village” to provide tiny homes for homeless veterans. The session will highlight the process to implement the tiny homes vision including coordination and collaboration between the public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations.  

Veterans Community Project, a local non-profit organization, will share the challenges and opportunities faced throughout the two-year planning process to implement the Veterans Village vision and the potential of using the tiny house model for other initiatives. The event also includes speakers from three other entities: (1) the planning consultant who assisted with site design, (2) the city who oversaw zoning and regulations related to development of the site, and (3) a local planner who has completed research related to the challenges of planning for tiny houses. 

Participants in the event will obtain knowledge regarding: 
(1) the first local implementation of a tiny house neighborhood,
(2) coordination with multiple entities to implement a vision,
(3) consideration of policy and regulatory changes to support tiny homes,

(4) opportunities to apply the tiny house model in other communities.


Stephen Rhoades, PLA

Stephen Rhoades, PLA is a Principal at Vireo, landscape architecture and planning firm. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and has 25 years of experience with nearly 20 years at Vireo. Read More

Diane Binckley, AICP

Diane Binckley, AICP is the Deputy Planning Director at the City of Kansas City, Missouri. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and has 25 years of experience. She previously worked in planning positions at the City of Leawood, Kansas and Oschner Hare & Hare ... Read More

Kelly Drake Woodward

Kelly Drake Woodward, AICP is the Chief Planner at the City of Gardner, Kansas. She received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and graduate certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan and has eleven years of experience. She worked in both the private and public sector ... Read More

Adam Abramson

Adam Abramson is the Director of Operations at Veterans Community Project. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Veterans Community Project, including Veterans Village. Prior to joining Veterans Community Project, he has over 21 years of management experience Read More

Contact Info

Deanne Winkelmann AICP, dnwinkelmann@transystems.com