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Seattle Unveils Pre-Approved Plans for Backyard Cottages Which Lowers Fees and Permitting Time

City launches ADUniverse website features step-by-step instructions for homeowners, accessible in dozens of languages Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today, the launch of a new website called ADUniverse that features backyard cottage designs that have been granted pre-approved City permits. The website includes a step-by-step guide to adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on a property and new data about the implementation of this increasingly popular housing option. After signing into law the… [ Keep reading ]

City Launches Effort to Develop Pre-approved Plans for Accessory Dwelling Units

Today, the Seattle Department of Constructions and Inspections (SDCI) and Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) together are launching a survey to help guide our effort to select designs for pre-approved plans for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Small, secondary homes located on the same lot as an existing residence,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Signs Legislation to Create Path for More In-Law Apartments and Backyard Cottages by Reducing Regulatory Barriers, Also Signs Executive Order to Do More to Address Financial and Permitting Barriers  

New Complementary Actions Work Together to Reduce Barriers for Development of More Accessory Dwelling Units in Single-Family Zoned Neighborhoods throughout Seattle   Standing next to a backyard cottage in the Whittier Heights community, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today signed legislation and an Executive Order to advance the development of more accessory dwelling units (ADUs) like backyard cottages and in-law apartments in single-family zoned neighborhoods throughout Seattle.   Mayor Durkan signed… [ Keep reading ]

Why we’re listening to community about backyard cottages and in-law apartments in Seattle.

As Seattle faces a housing and affordability crisis, we need more housing options for working and middle-class families across the city. One important option are backyard cottages and in-law apartments (formally known as Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs). They offer badly needed options in single-family neighborhoods, where homeownership is out… [ Keep reading ]

Clearing the Path for More Backyard Cottages in Seattle

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today heralded the Hearing Examiner ruling on the Final Environmental Impact Statement that clears the path for more accessory dwelling units (ADUs), or backyard cottages, across Seattle. “Seattle faces an affordability and housing crisis, and we are acting to increase the supply of housing options as… [ Keep reading ]

GUEST BLOGGER: Accessory Dwelling Units by Nick Welch

Editor’s note: We are beginning a new monthly blog series, written by OPCD staff to highlight projects that we are excited about. This month, Nick Welch focuses on the benefits of Accessory Dwelling Units. This month, the City reached a milestone in our work to increase housing options in Seattle’s… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle evaluates options to encourage backyard cottages, in-law apartments

The City of Seattle continues to seek public input on the environmental review of options to encourage the development of more in-law apartments and backyard cottages that would allow for more rental housing in the city’s single-family zones. The review evaluates a proposal advanced by Councilmember Mike O’Brien that aims… [ Keep reading ]

To Provide More Housing Options, Mayor Durkan Directs City of Seattle to Fast-Track Pre-Approved Designs for Backyard Cottages

To accelerate the building of more housing units in Seattle, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has directed the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) to fast-track pre-approved designs for Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), also known as backyard cottages. The City will hire architects to develop several standard architectural plans… [ Keep reading ]

Scoping comment period extended for ADU/Backyard Cottage Environmental Impact Statement

Click here to go straight to the online comment form. On October 2, we began the environmental review process to study the effects of removing barriers to creating accessory dwelling units (ADUs), often called in-law units and backyard cottages, in single-family zones. The first phase of the Environmental Impact Statement… [ Keep reading ]

VIDEO: October 17 Comprehensive Plan Amendments / ADU EIS Scoping Open House

In case you missed our Comprehensive Plan Amendments/ADU EIS Scoping open house last week, watch our presentation on the Seattle Channel: http://www.seattlechannel.org/publicAffairs/?videoid=x84190 Topics discussed: Comprehensive Plan Amendments – The City of Seattle is working to ensure that the language in existing Neighborhood Plans is consistent with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan… [ Keep reading ]