Category Archives: zoning

Comment on the city’s proposed backyard cottages rule changes

Last December, the city’s Hearing Examiner ruled that the city needed to perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before it could proceed to enact changes to the rules for mother-in-law apartments and backyard cottages (aka ADUs and DADUs). The city is now moving ahead with the EIS process, and you have your first opportunity to provide input.

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The Council is holding a public hearing tonight. This one matters.

The Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee is holding a public hearing tonight on two issues: the proposed MHA rezone of the Uptown urban center, and some potential changes to the way that design reviews are done.

Many of the Council’s public hearings are perfunctory: the Council members already have a good idea how they plan to vote, and the most that commenters can hope for are to get some minor tweaks to the legislation.  But as of last Friday when the PLUZ committee met to discuss the two topics, there are some big open issues that the Council is scratching its collective head over.

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State Supreme Court says Landmarks Preservation Ordinance applies to UW campus

In a unanimous opinion released this morning, the State Supreme Court ruled that the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Ordinance applies to UW campus — a major blow to UW’s efforts to assert its independence over what happens on its campus.

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Understanding the MHA Draft Environmental Impact Statement

On June 8th, the city published a Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) for the “city-wide” implementation of the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. It’s 462 pages of dense material.  Here’s your cheat sheet.

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