Latest on “small lot development” issue

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.”

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One Response to Latest on “small lot development” issue

  1. jason williams says:

    this hasn’t happened only because of developers knowing of the ‘loopholes’. it is also because of the homeowners that are aware that their legal description reads lots 9-10 of blank (lots 9 and 10??? i have more than one lot…let me ask the city about this…)…. even though their land is only 6,000 total square feet in a 5000 square foot zone. i am one of those people. you want to prevent this from happening even though it has been an option for longer than i have been alive? do you understand what that means to your neighbor who has been sitting on that historical lot for 20 years? it means $50,000 or maybe $500,000 in additional land value depending on where you live. it is easy to push that on the buyer but the seller (me – your neighbor) has a way more to lose. I have already priced that into my retirement. call it a greedy developer. really? you should read the land use code. it is a lot easier than the 10,000s of pages of the IRS code. there are only a few sections within the landuse code that state whether or not you have a dividable lot. you too can learn it in a morning. i did. and i have been sitting on that investment ever since. the developer just looked at it and hopes to get it. that is my son’s college education. stop and think.

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