Austin City Council signs off on new housing ‘blueprint’


The Austin City Council approved its strategic housing plan Thursday, signing off on a document that calls for constructing another 135,000 housing units in the city by 2025.

The 38-page plan — now called the “Strategic Housing Blueprint” — offers more than 50 suggestions to help combat Austin’s housing crunch, including calls to revamp the city’s permitting process and purchasing unused land to preserve it for affordable housing projects.

“I am not ready to admit defeat to gentrification,” said Mayor Steve Adler.

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