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.
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 vote on the move-in fees cap headlines the morning news.
Yesterday’s committee hearing on short-term rentals managed through services such as AirBnB are the big news 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.