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Wednesday Jolt: Tom Rasmussen Backs Off aPodment Moratorium

Wednesday Jolt: Tom Rasmussen may be OK with aPodments.

By Afternoon Jolt March 27, 2013



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 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.  

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