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One Seattle Plan Virtual Open House, May 2

Our final Draft One Seattle Plan open house is a virtual online meeting and is an opportunity for community members to: This meeting is hosted by Microsoft Teams. You do not need an account to attend the meeting. You do not need to pre-register to attend. You can join the meeting… [ Keep reading ]

One Seattle Plan Open Houses and Updates

Open Houses in Full Swing Thank you to everyone who has attended our in-person open house events! From Beacon Hill to Ballard, we appreciate the conversations and feedback on the Draft Plan. We have four more this month and a virtual meeting in May: Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m. –… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Releases Draft One Seattle Comprehensive Plan, Expanding Housing Opportunities Across All Neighborhoods 

Following two years of community outreach, the draft plan advances significant policy improvements and a thoughtful approach to growth to build a more affordable, equitable, and sustainable Seattle Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the release of the Draft One Seattle Plan, a major update to Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan that will… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]