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Raleigh planning commission unanimously votes to recommend tiny houses

Posted October 26, 2021 2:17 p.m. EDT

Redfin says Raleigh home prices last month were 18 percent higher than they were in September 2020.

Those higher prices and higher rents shut a lot of people out of living in the city.

The tiny house movement could bring more affordable options.

On Tuesday morning, the City of Raleigh planning commission voted unanimously to recommend allowing people to build tiny houses in Raleigh, homes of up to 600 square feet in size.

The new ordinance would permit tiny houses to be primary or accessory dwellings and would create incentives to build them.

Housing advocates like Samuel Gunter with the NC Housing Coalition say a move like this could help bring down prices.

"It's not a silver bullet, it's not going to solve the problem, but having diversity in housing types is critical to bring the prices down for everyone," said Gunter.

City Council asked the planning department for the necessary changes to allow tiny houses.

Council will meet next Tuesday, but it is not known when they will vote on this recommendation.

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