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City conducting environmental review process for changing rules for building accessory dwelling units in single-family zones

October 6th, 2017 by Doree

The City of Seattle is conducting an environmental review process to study possible effects of changing rules for building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zones.

ADUs include backyard cottages, known as Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), and in-law apartments, known as Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (AADUs). The first phase of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process is to determine the scope of the study, and we want your input on what to consider and analyze as we explore allowing more ADUs in Seattle’s neighborhoods.

ADUs are small, secondary dwelling units inside, attached to, or in the rear yard of a single-family house. The City’s proposal involves allowing both an in-law apartment and a backyard cottage on the same lot, removing the existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changing some development standards that regulate the size and location of backyard cottages. Based on a decision from the City’s Hearing Examiner in December 2016, we’re preparing an EIS to review the potential environmental impacts of this proposal.

During the scoping phase, you can help us determine the alternatives we’ll study, potential environmental impacts to consider, and possible measures to avoid or reduce the effects of the proposal. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2017.

You can comment online; by email to ADUEIS@seattle.gov; by mail to Aly Pennucci, Council Central Staff, PO Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025; or in person at one of two public meetings, including from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Hale’s Ales (in the Palladium), 4301 Leary Way NW.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight: ‘Weigh In on the Biggest Citywide Land Use Change in Decades’

November 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N., in the downstairs meeting room. On the agenda is the city’s plan to enact zoning changes that will affect housing throughout the city.

Seattle is preparing to make city-wide changes to zoning that will change the allowable height of all multi-family buildings by one story, change single family zoning within designated “urban villages” into a new zoning category, and alter what massing and designs are allowed in specific zones, among other things. Added height is part of a “grand bargain” with developers in return for dedicating roughly 6% of new housing to affordable units, and the other changes are aimed at increasing Seattle’s density to increase walking and transit use.

On Tuesday the Greenwood Community Council meeting will help understand what is proposed, provide time for community discussion on the issues. Join us in a special location – downstairs at Razzi’s – for pizza and a slightly extended meeting to digest some complicated material (and I’m not talking about the pizza.) At the end of the meeting we will ask whether GCC should weigh in on the proposed changes and how.

Please join us! If you’re able to contribute for pizza, that will be appreciated.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight on mandatory housing affordability

June 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., to talk about the city’s proposal to implement mandatory housing affordability.

The City has released its “Director’s Report” on MHA-Residential legislation and draft ordinance. HALA focus groups have begun to meet and provide input on HALA’s community generated principles which will form part of the basis for changes to zoning, design, and planning in certain residential areas. We will review the overall MHA Program, and discuss the proposed policies and ordinance for the MHA-Residential program.

Click here for the Mandatory Housing Affordability summary.

Click here for the Mandatory Housing Affordability Director’s report.

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