Councilmember O’Brien’s legislative aide sent the email below to people in his district, notifying them about Marty Kaplan’s appeal of the DNS on the backyard-cottage legislation.
We note that Ms. Marwaha suggests that people contact the Queen Anne Community Council directly with their “concerns.” We correspondingly suggest that people contact Councilmember O’Brien directly with their support for Mr. Kaplan’s action. It might also be nice to contact the Queen Anne council with a message of support.
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From: Marwaha, Jasmine
Date: Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:08 PM
Subject: Backyard Cottage Legislation Update
The legislation encouraging more backyard cottages has been delayed due to an appeal filed by Marty Kaplan of the Queen Anne Community Council. We are now hoping to vote on the legislation by the end of the year.
On May 19th, when the legislation was made public, the Office of Planning and Community Development for the City of Seattle issued a determination that the legislation would not have significant adverse environmental impacts. The Queen Anne Community Council is challenging that determination and will appeal to the Hearing Examiner. The process of being heard by the Hearing Examiner can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months, and we should have a better understanding of the timeline in the next few weeks as the hearing date is scheduled.
I’ve attached a letter* from the Queen Anne Community Council that outlines their objections to the proposal. You can get the full appeal documents and any updates to the appeals process at this link: http://web6.seattle.gov/Examiner/case/W-16-004.
If you have comments, questions, or concerns about the delay or their position, you can contact the Queen Anne Community Council directly.
In the meantime, Councilmember O’Brien will continue to pursue non-regulatory strategies to make both backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments more affordable for homeowners. This includes trying to work with the County on reducing or subsidizing the sewer capacity charge, looking into establishing a series of “pre-permitted” designs, creating a guide for homeowners interested in building a backyard cottage, and working with lenders on creative financing tools. There will be more information to come by this Fall about these efforts.
We will be in touch with any further developments. Thanks again for contacting our office regarding this issue.
*The attachment Ms. Marwaha refers to can be downloaded here.