Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor City Council is asking city staff for legal advice about an idea to set up tiny houses in the city.

The Ann Arbor News reports City Council approved a resolution Monday seeking information on the practicality and legality of establishing non-traditional, ultra-compact housing.

Councilman Stephen Kunselman initially proposed asking the city administrator to draft a plan for establishing a small village of tiny houses on a city-owned property, but a number of his colleagues questioned whether that’s the best location for what they consider experimental housing.

Concerns were raised about the safety risks of having 80-square-foot homes in a flood-prone area. Other possible uses for the site already were under consideration, including creating a greenway park or allowing someone to redevelop or refurbish part of the site.

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