Austin trims housing cap to 4 unrelated residents

March 21, 2014 12:18:38 PM PDT
The Austin City Council has approved restrictions that mean just four unrelated adults will be allowed to live in new single-family homes or duplexes, instead of the current six occupants.

Council members on Thursday approved the plan amid concerns about so-called "stealth dorms" near the University of Texas. The measure, approved after some residents complained of overflow traffic and trash, applies to about 15 ZIP codes.

Future homes can have only four unrelated adult residents. Existing homes housing up to six unrelated people will be allowed to continue.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the limit will apply for only two years while Austin rewrites its land-use and development rules.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell says he thinks the restrictions will be impossible to enforce but they're going to see how it works.

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