Wednesday Jolt: Tom Rasmussen Backs Off aPodment Moratorium
City council member Tom Rasmussen told PubliCola this afternoon that he is backing away from the idea of a moratorium on micro-housing, or "aPodments" (the brand name adopted by one developer).
Rasmussen is apparently coming around on the idea of aPodments, which are tiny apartments that share a kitchen and get around existing land-use code because each group of seven micro-units, for example, constitute a single living unit.
Rasmussen, who initially floated the idea of a moratorium on the units (as we first reported earlier this month) says he's toured aPodments and thinks they're "nice."
"They definitely meet a need" for low-income housing, Rasmussen says.
Rasmussen says he'd support some kind of design review—which aPodments currently do not have to undergo—instead of a moratorium, which would require seven council votes.