Back in October, the city issued its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) on proposed legislation loosening rules on building “backyard cottages” in single-family zones in Seattle, as well as a Racial Equity Toolkit evaluation of the impact of the legislation on racial disparities in the city. To no one’s surprise, an appeal has been filed against the FEIS — but the city is fighting back.
Council member Mike O’Brien’s proposal to increase the number of mother-in-law apartments and “backyard cottages” has been on hold for over two years, since the Hearing Examiner ruled in late 2016 that a full Environmental Impact Statement was required. The final EIS was published last week, and once the inevitable appeals are dealt with that hurdle will have been crossed. But later this week, O’Brien’s office will hold a special meeting to discuss a Racial Equity Toolkit evaluation of the proposal that looked on how it will affect underserved communities at risk of displacement.
Short and sweet today.
This morning the city’s Office of the Hearing Examiner issued a long-awaited ruling on the Queen Anne Community Council’s appeal of a proposed ordinance relaxing the rules on “backyard cottages.” And it wasn’t good news for the city.
Yesterday’s committee hearing on short-term rentals managed through services such as AirBnB are the big news this morning.
Council member Mike O’Brien’s effort to ease rules on building backyard cottages (aka DADU’s) has run into a snag: a community group is filing an appeal with the City Hearing Examiner.
Happy Monday. News coverage is fairly sparse this morning.
Yesterday’s announcement by Council member O’Brien tops the news this morning.
Council member Mike O’Brien unveiled this morning a draft of some changes to the land-use code that he hopes will encourage “backyard cottages” and mother-in-law apartments across the city to help ease the housing crisis.
The Monday morning quarterbacking continues on last week’s SODO Arena vote.