At a pre-hearing conference July 15, Hearing Examiner Sue Tanner delayed a decision about whether to dismiss the appeal related to Councilmember O’Brien’s backyard-cottages legislation. The Queen Anne Community Council will submit a clarification of the issues in the appeal, the City will respond, and Ms. Tanner will rule on the dismissal July 29. If the appeal continues, the hearing will be August 31.
The Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) is appealing the environmental Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) attached to Mr. O’Brien’s proposal to loosen regulation of “backyard cottages,” known as “Detached Accessory Dwelling Units” (DADUs).
Marty Kaplan, chair of the QACC Land Use Review Committee, has launched a web site in support of the appeal: QueenAnneAppeal.org. Mr. Kaplan published an Op-Ed in the Seattle Times on Sunday, July 17: Neighborhoods deserve a say on backyard cottages. (Read the comments! Click “Top Comments” to see what got the most “Likes.”)
(Full disclosure: I have provided technical and editorial assistance to Mr. Kaplan. –David B.)