One of the controversial issues facing the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood and other neighborhoods throughout the city is the construction of multiple houses on lots that were originally intended for a single home. This has happened as a result of developers taking advantage of loopholes in the city regulations.
Past GSNC President Dick Miller shared the following information with us on July 1:
“The Dept. of Planning just released their proposed new regulations for “infill” or small lot development in single family 5,000 sf residential zones. The regulations are at this link: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cms/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/dpdp025798.pdf, and the Seattle Small Lot website is http://bit.ly/19l6kta. My fear is that these regulations are so complex and contain so many “exceptions” that over the years our neighborhoods will be eroded or destroyed. This is why I hope people will write or call the City Council and ask them to write simple, loophole free regulations, like those I suggest in my first document.
For people who want to know how the developers think and the arguments they make, I wrote the second document.
For people who would like to be updated about developments citywide, they can sign up at: http://www.onehomeperlot.com/join-us and to learn more about the group and the issue, visit: http://www.onehomeperlot.com.”