WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - A Waveland woman who was forced to move to Birmingham, Alabama after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her family's home says a national television show is giving her family a chance to move back home.
The reality show "Tiny House Nation" on the FYI Channel is going to help rebuild the family's home and feature them and Waveland on an upcoming episode. But some post Katrina rules and regulations could stand in the way of it all.
A set of brick stairs offers the only clue that Pye Parson and her family once had a home on Terrace Avenue. Hurricane Katrina washed their home away and forced them to move out of state.
"Like a lot of people I think we just never got back financially where we could afford to come back and rebuild a home here. And I always missed it and always wanted to come back," said Parson.
More than nine years later Parson says the national reality TV show "Tiny House Nation" has become her family's ticket home.
"I applied for a TV show and told my story about the hurricane and everything and a couple months later we had gone through several interviews and processes and basically we were awarded a slot on the show," explained Parson.
The Parson's story was selected out of a field of nearly a thousand others. The trouble is new post-Katrina ordinances adopted by the city designed to promote growth in the area could jeopardize the Parson's house and TV show plans.
"We've run into some obstacles so to speak," said Parson.
Under the new city ordinances because of the size of the Parson's lot their new house must be at least 1,200 square feet. Tiny House Nation wants to build a 650-square foot home. The ordinance also calls for the house to be at least 100-foot wide. The house the TV show plans to build is only 24 feet wide.
"It can't be done through those rules, so I'm having to adjust or potentially not get this house built and not have the publicity here," Parson said. "Because of some rules, if they worked and there were buildings everywhere on this street I'd get it, but there is nothing here. Nothing."
Parson took her dilemma before the Waveland Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night. She asked them for a special exception to the rules so the TV show could legally build in the city. Planning commissioners unanimously granted the special exceptions and approved the Parson's plans. The project must now get the go ahead from the Waveland Board of Aldermen before it can happen.
City leaders are expected to vote on the issue October 7th. However, during Monday night's planning and zoning meeting the chairman of the board said the mayor and board of aldermen have asked the commission to take the steps necessary to ease building restrictions in the area.