The appeal by Marty Kaplan and the Queen Anne Community Council is running long. The hearing, which began August 31, took up all of two days and is not complete. The appeal will continue on Friday, September 30th, at 9:00 AM.
The appeal is aimed at requiring the City to create an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s proposed legislation that would loosen regulations on Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), also known as “Backyard Cottages” (though they’re more like small houses than like cottages).
Recordings of the appeal hearing are available on the Hearing Examiner’s website.
August 28, 2016 – Marty Kaplan sends an update about the upcoming appeal hearing:
I’d like to update you on our Queen Anne appeal of Mike O’Brien’s legislation claiming that there are no environmental impacts and risks to every Seattle neighborhood by converting all single family zoned properties over 3,200 square feet in size to triplex zones, with no parking or ownership requirements among many other serious consequences.
Our hearing will take place this coming Wednesday and into Thursday if required by the Hearing Examiner. It will take place on the 40th floor of the Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave 98104) within the offices of the Hearing Examiner, room 4009, and begin promptly at 9:00am.
Many have asked if they can attend. Absolutely yes, the hearing is public and open to everyone so please attend if you wish. The hearing room has limited seating so consider arriving early.
In the last few weeks, the Seattle Times, NPR and others have continued to closely follow and report upon the many impacts created by advancing unstudied ideological policies that will greatly destroy the fabric and character of our single family neighborhoods and forever diminish the special qualities while actually amplifying Seattle’s increasing housing costs.
Here are a few recent important editorials just in the last few weeks in case you missed them:
- A teardown a day: Bulldozing the way for bigger homes in Seattle, suburbs (Mike Rosenberg)
- For Seattleites, homeownership is still a foundation of the American dream (Brier Dudley)
- Get ready for a neighborhood rebellion (Jonathan Martin)
- City Council should challenge Mayor Murray on neighborhood councils (Times Editorial Board)
- Neighborhoods need city’s support, not a mayoral panel (Jim Diers)
- Neighborhoods deserve a say on backyard cottages (Marty’s Op-Ed)
Our appeal directly challenges the intentional failure of O’Brien’s legislation and in turn City Hall to address and actually professionally study, critically analyze, and transparently report to the public the true environment impacts of this ill-advised legislation. We propose instead that a full and comprehensive environmental impact study (EIS) must be completed.
It must include clear, compelling, and objective real data from unbiased professionals, a rich city-wide citizen engagement process, and transparent public hearings inviting critical and vigorous review by all Seattle neighborhood voices concerning the real environmental impacts surrounding our affordability crisis and the top-down one-size-fits-all re-zoning proclamations that generally benefits developers and investors at your expense.
Thanks again for all your support,
Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA Chair
Queen Anne Community Council LURC