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Yesterday the King County Board of Health made the decision to delay a vote on the county's helmet law, which applies to cyclists of all ages in the county. King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who had initially called on the Board of Health to revisit law after allegations of...
The fourth proposed regulation on micro-housing concerns minimum square footage of communal areas. The city would like to require a minimum square footage for the kitchen. This issue was raised because some of the micro-housing projects have kitchen sizes as small as 50 square feet. The city’s proposal on this...
As mentioned in a previous post, opponents of micro-housing have a legitimate concern that new developments may change the character of their neighborhood. Not all their complaints are fair though. The most emotional and misguided attacks on micro-housing are related to parking. Many opponents of micro-housing criticize developments because they...
As I mentioned in my previous post, there are many complaints about micro-housing but they share a common theme. Opponents believe micro-housing will drastically change the character of neighborhoods due to density and design. Since it is a goal of the city to maintain neighborhood character, this could be a...
After Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development proposed regulations for defining what qualifies as micro-housing (as discussed in my previous post), it then proposed regulations for where this type of housing would be allowed. The goal of the proposed regulation is simply to ‘prohibit new micro-housing development in single family...
One of the primary arguments against micro-housing is that the limited space is equal to low-quality housing. Opponents often compare aPodment residents to sardines crammed inside a tin. This is a specious argument. It is not up to the opponents of micro-housing to decide if aPodment residents would be happier...
The city of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development first item in its list of proposed micro-housing legislation in Seattle is a legal definition of "micro" and "micro-housing," as there is currently no distinction between micro-housing and other types of dwelling in the city code.  The proposed definition is as follows: “Micro-housing” -...
The Department of Planning and Development recently proposed legislation to define and regulate micro-housing in Seattle. You can find a copy of their proposal here. The proposal opens with a few goals from the City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan that aPodments could potentially help to meet: Housing Goal 4: Achieve a mix...