Micro-Housing Debate Continues in Seattle

The "D" word (Density) is in play in Seattle, as city leaders and residents debate micro-housing regulations proposed by the City Council in May.
August 18, 2014, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Following a round of talks with developers and neighborhood groups, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien proposed a new set of micro-housing regulations on Wednesday," reports Bill Lucia.

According to Lucia, "[the] Department of Planning and Development delivered a draft set of micro-housing regulations to the City Council in May," but developers and residents "balked" at the rules.

One of Councilmember Obrien's proposed changes would change the definition of micro-housing units: "Under DPD's proposal, up to eight sleeping rooms with a shared kitchen could have been defined as a micro-housing 'unit.' O'Brien's proposal would dub each small living space a 'small efficiency apartment,' and count it as one dwelling unit."

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Published on Monday, August 18, 2014 in Crosscut Seattle
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