October 2, 2017 // Issue 28
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)Scoping Begins Today
Today the City of Seattle begins the environmental review process to study the effects of removing barriers to creating accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zones. ADUs include backyard cottages, known as Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), and in-law apartments, known as Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (AADUs). The first phase of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process is to determine the scope of the study, and we want your input on what to consider and analyze as we explore allowing more ADUs in Seattle’s neighborhoods.

ADUs are small, secondary dwelling units inside, attached to, or in the rear yard of a single-family house. The City’s proposal involves allowing both an in-law apartment and a backyard cottage on the same lot, removing the existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changing some development standards that regulate the size and location of backyard cottages. Based on a decision from the City’s Hearing Examiner in December 2016, we’re preparing an EIS to review the potential environmental impacts of this proposal.

During the scoping phase, you can help us determine the alternatives we’ll study, potential environmental impacts to consider, and possible measures to avoid or reduce the effects of the proposal. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2017. You can give us your input in several ways:

by email to ADUEIS@seattle.gov
by mail to Aly Pennucci, City Council Central Staff, PO Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025
in person at our two public scoping meetings
October 17, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at High Point Community Center , 6920 34th Ave SW
October 26, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Hale’s Ales (in the Palladium), 4301 Leary Way NW
For more information, visit seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS.
What's happening right now with MHA?
Incorporating feedback into MHA Draft Maps and Legislation
Thank you to all of you who have provided thoughts, suggestions, concerns and proposals to improve the Draft MHA Zoning Maps.
 
Outreach and planning staff are currently working on making changes to the maps and the graphic to the right shows the inputs that are incorporated as part of this process. We are on track to transmit legislation (which will include urban village zoning maps) at the end of this summer.
Inputs to MHA Draft Maps and legislation are  -Community input
• Racial equity analysis
• Environmental Impact Study 
  and community feedback
• Transit investments
• Local context
• Topography and others...
Comprehensive Plan Amendment Open Houses
in October
High Point Community Center
Neighborhoods with proposed amendments:
  • Morgan Junction
  • Mt. Baker/North Rainier
  • West Seattle Junction
  • Westwood Highland Park

Hales Brewery (the Palladium)
Neighborhoods with proposed amendments:
  • Aurora-Licton Springs
  • Fremont
  • Northgate
  • Roosevelt
  • Wallingford
Join us to learn about and discuss what Comprehensive Plan amendments are being studied by the City of Seattle to implement the Mandatory Housing Affordability program. 

All are welcome. Snacks and drinks provided.
Jesseca Brand 
Seattle Neighborhoods
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