Austin City Council explores tiny housing

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A couple Austin City Council members held a “micro-apartments” discussion Wednesday night.

The discussion, at the Austin Neighborhoods Council meeting, is the latest effort as council looks into apartment units that are typically less then 500 square feet.

A city memo from the Austin director of Planning and Development review, Gregory Guernsey, says the lower cost of the units compared to bigger spaces is attractive to some buyers and renters. However, the micro-units often cost more on a per-square-foot basis.

Council is looking into the smaller apartments and regulations as rents rise —  jumping nearly 50 percent in about a decade, according to the memo.

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