Powered by a set of community meetings to discuss the issue, members of the City Council have sent a set of “amendment requests” to the Department of Planning and Development as City Hall works to change the rules by which microhousing developments are regulated in Seattle. The full memo from Council members Tom Rasmussen, Nick Licata and Sally Clark is below.
The document calls for the development type — boarding house-style apartments that currently fit through wide-open loopholes in the city’s building and review codes — to be better defined and for new requirements that will pull the projects into a more regulated design and environmental review process. Here are the three amendment requests:
- A new definition of “microhousing” for inclusion on the Seattle Municipal Code;
- New design review thresholds that would apply specifically to microhousing; and
- A revised method of counting dwelling units in microhousing projects for the purposes of SEPA review and tracking progress toward the achievement of 2024 neighborhood growth targets.
The memo also includes a secondary set of areas for DPD to review and provide more analysis about. You’ll find DPD has been set on task to review whether private bathrooms should be required, for example.
The full memo is below: