Metropolis of Tucson launches design competitors for yard casitas

The town is looking for artistic designs for casitas in Tucson, by means of the Planning and Improvement Companies Casita Mannequin Plan Competitors.

The Casita Mannequin Plan design competitors is meant to encourage progressive concepts and options for accent dwelling models, or casitas, with as much as 10 chosen entries every receiving a $1,000 prize funded by AARP.

The first objective of the design competitors is to prepare a group of pre-approved casita mannequin plans. Professionals, together with architects, engineers, designers, builders, contractors, design-build groups, and college students, are invited to submit progressive designs that spotlight the quite a few advantages of casitas.

Along with the money prize, the chosen mannequin plans could have their allow charges for evaluate and approval as a mannequin plan waived. The chosen casita mannequin plans shall be showcased in a web-based gallery on the Casitas in Tucson web site. 

Householders can discover the gallery, select a design that fits their wants, after which work with the respective designer to accumulate the plans and safe the required permits for setting up the casita on their property.

A digital info session shall be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, and can cowl the submission course of, design standards, and different pertinent particulars associated to the casita design competitors. People involved in studying extra are inspired to register for the Zoom session.

The submission deadline for the design competitors is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023. Funding for the design competitors is thru the AARP 2023 Group Problem grant, awarded in June to Planning and Improvement.

The mayor and metropolis council permitted a zoning change to permit casitas in December, 2021, selling them as an inclusive and adaptable housing possibility for the group.

The AARP Group Problem grant is meant to bolster ADUs and particularly handle the housing wants of older adults and multigenerational households.

The American Institute of Architects Southern Arizona chapter can also be a accomplice in supporting this competitors.

Particular questions relating to the Casita Mannequin Design Competitors ought to be directed to Dan Bursuck, [email protected].