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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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Early Design Guidance meeting for development to replace 418 Public House building on NW 65th Street is Sept. 18

September 6th, 2017 by Doree

The building currently housing 418 Public House on NW 65th St. will be demolished and replaced by a three-story building with nine apartments and three live-work units, plus retail at street level and parking for nine vehicles at and below grade level. The new address for the project will be 412 NW 65th St.

The first Early Design Guidance meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can email comments on site planning and design issues through Sept. 18 to PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project #3024585.

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City extends comment period on evaluation of citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability

July 6th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development has extended the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for three possible zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability.

Those changes would apply to urban villages and other commercial and multifamily residential zones across the city.

The new deadline is Aug. 7.

You can provide feedback on the environmental study using this online form or by e-mailing MHA.EIS@Seattle.gov.

“Due to a high volume of requests, both online and at a recent public hearing, we are extending the written comment period on this environmental study an additional 15 days,” said OPCD Director Sam Assefa. “While there is broad agreement on the need for more affordable housing across Seattle, these documents are lengthy and complex, and we want to honor these requests for more time for public review.”

MHA helps ensure that as Seattle grows, development supports affordable housing for low-income families and individuals by either building rent-restricted homes on-site or making a payment to the Seattle Office of Housing fund for affordable housing. To implement MHA, the City would grant additional development capacity to allow for construction of more market-rate housing and commercial space.

The City Council has already enacted MHA in Downtown, South Lake Union, and the University District. This study evaluates implementing MHA in 27 other urban villages throughout the city.

MHA was a key recommendation of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee.

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Volunteers building more tiny houses tomorrow at Licton Springs Village on Aurora Avenue

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

A group of volunteers from labor unions will construct more tiny houses at Licton Springs Tiny House Village, a new homeless encampment at 8620 Aurora Ave. N. run by the Low Income Housing Institute. The volunteers will be working from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A coalition of local labor unions has funded a number of tiny houses that will be completed on Friday. The unions include: Teamsters 117, Teamsters 174, Teamsters 763, the Roofers Union, Laborers Local 242, Machinist 751, and the Seattle Policeman’s Guild. Each house costs $2,200 in materials, and at 8’ x 12’ they provide a safe, sturdy, and secure home for Seattle’s most vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. The tiny houses have electricity, heat, light, furnishings, insulation, lockable doors, and windows.

This village provides shelter for up to 70 men and women under a low-barrier model that promotes resident leadership and involvement under the supervision of SHARE and full-time staff. Upon completion there will be a total of 29 tiny houses, as well as a Kingdome and Queendome (dorm style), a kitchen, donation area, and security and counseling offices. LIHI provides social workers and supportive services to help move residents into permanent housing, access employment resources, and become housing-ready. The City of Seattle provides partial operating funds for Licton Springs Village.

Donations of bath towels, laundry detergent, socks and underwear would be greatly appreciated.

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Reminder: Design Review Recommendation meeting for DESC project at 937 N. 96th St. is tonight

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Northwest Design Review Board meets tonight (Monday) to present its recommendation for the Downtown Emergency Services Center housing project coming to 937 N. 96th St. That development will be a six-story building with 100 apartments, support services for homeless men and women with disabilities, and parking for three staff vehicles.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can email comments on design issues until meeting time to PRC@seattle.gov.

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May 15 Design Review Recommendation meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. development has been canceled

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

The May 15 Design Review Recommendation meeting for the development planned for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. has been canceled.

We’ve got a message in to the Department of Construction and Inspections’ planner in charge of the project to find out why, and when the meeting might be rescheduled.

The proposed project would demolish the existing structures and construct a four-story building with 32 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and 22 apartments, plus 1,906 square feet of retail at ground level. Parking will be provided for 29 vehicles.

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Design Review Recommendation meeting for DESC housing project at 937 N. 96th St. is May 22

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board on May 22 will present its Design Review Recommendation for the Downtown Emergency Services Center housing project coming to 937 N. 96th St. That development will be a six-story building with 100 apartments, support services for homeless men and women with disabilities, and parking for three staff vehicles.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can email comments on design issues through May 22 to PRC@seattle.gov.

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Reminder: Tonight’s NW Design Review Board will give its final design recommendations for 70th & Greenwood project, and have its first early Design Guidance Review meeting for 87th & Phinney development

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

The NW Design Review Board meets tonight at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room, to discuss two Phinney-Greenwood projects.

First, at 6:30 p.m., board members will give their final design recommendations for the “Shared Roof” housing development planned for 7009 Greenwood Ave. N.: A five-story building with 35 residential units (including units with 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms), 5,583 square feet of ground floor retail, roof deck, and 26 below-grade parking spaces. The project includes a contract rezone from NC2-40 to NC2-65. You can see an updated design proposal here.

Then, at 8 p.m., they’ll have the first Early Design Guidance meeting for a housing project proposed for the corner of Palatine Avenue and NW 87th Street: A six-story, 52-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial. That project calls for studios, Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (smaller studios), 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units. You can see the design proposal here.

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Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for 147 N. 132nd St. apartments is May 15

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for the apartment building proposed for 147 N. 132nd St., near the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 132nd Street, is at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project would demolish the west wing of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church and replace it with a three-story, 63,000 square foot apartment building with 59 units and below grade parking for 23 vehicles.

You can still comment on design issues until May 15 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; reference project #3024798.

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