Mike O’Brien’s proposal to loosen regulation of backyard cottages and Mother-in-Law apartments will not trigger an environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), due to a finding by Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD). OPCD issued a “Determination of Non-Significance” (DNS) under SEPA on May 19, when O’Brien released his proposed bill.
OPCD’s DNS finding is an absurd dodge to avoid a full-fledged Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which would reveal the many significant consequences of O’Brien’s proposed changes to existing law. Our colleague from Lake City, Sandra Perkins, has assembled a thorough set of comments detailing the insufficiencies of the DNS. She has submitted these comments to OPCD. [Read more…]