Alex Pedersen Supports
Councilmember Lisa Herbold's
Sensible Amendments
to Councilmember O'Brien's
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Pedersen urges City Council to use
a data-driven, incremental approach
that includes providing more information to constituents


CONTACT: Alexa Halling, 206-502-9092

SEAT TLE, June 19, 20 19 -

District 4 candidate Alex Pedersen supports the amendments Councilmember Lisa Herbold proposed this week to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) legislation and believes City Council should go even further to inform the general public and prevent unintended consequences in communities throughout Seattle.

" Yes, liberalizing the current ordinance governing construction of accessory dwelling units makes sense, but there are many good reasons to amend the legislation proposed by outgoing Councilmember O'Brien, including the need to encourage affordable housing and for City Council to better inform their constituents about the details and the impacts," said Pedersen.

" First, if the legislation is about affordable housing, why not require some of the new housing to be affordable for city residents? Second, if we want to prevent demolitions and real estate speculation, why not maintain the owner occupancy requirement? Third, if we want to address climate change, why not prevent the removal of large trees from our Emerald City? We have seen how our city government can underestimate the impacts of upzones on communities, as they did in the U District. So let's make some incremental progress on the current ADU law while reviewing the data on impacts -- along with the recent upzones to the urban villages and urban centers -- and only then consider additional changes, if still needed. I would encourage City Council to take a cautious, incremental, and data-driven approach to such substantial changes, communicate more details to their constituents, and approve at least the sensible amendments proposed by Councilmember Lisa Herbold ," said Pedersen.

The proposed legislation is available by CLICKING HERE .

The City Council Central Staff memo with Councilmember Herbold's proposed amendments is available by CLICKING HERE .

While not in District 4, the Queen Anne Community Council also proposed amendments which can be viewed by CLICKING HERE .

People will have the opportunity to weigh in at the "full" City Council meeting on Monday July 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall . They can also e-mail all current City Councilmembers at .

Alex Pedersen, a progressive results-oriented Democrat, was the first candidate in the entire city to qualify for the city's Democracy Voucher program in this year's City Council campaigns and has also been a leading fundraiser as he runs on a platform of accountability, transparency, and results.

Pedersen officially launched his campaign on November 28, 2018 for District 4. Because the incumbent Rob Johnson vacated his seat early, the City Council appointed a temporary caretaker until D-4 voters choose their own 4-year Councilmember in the August primary and November general elections.

District 4 is home to approximately 100,000 residents in 20 neighborhoods including Bryant, Belvedere Terrace, Cowen Park, Eastlake, East Fremont, Hawthorne Hills, Inverness, Laurelhurst, Magnuson Park, Maple Leaf, Ravenna, Ravenna Springs, Roosevelt, Sand Point, the U District, University Park, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgwood and Windermere.

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