• Petitioned Seattle Mayor McGinn, DPD Director Diane Sugimura, and Seattle City Council

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Seattle Mayor McGinn, DPD Director Diane Sugimura, and Seattle City Council

City of Seattle: Close Land-Use Loopholes in City Codes

    1. Petition by

      One Home Per Lot

We respectfully request that the Mayor and the City Council direct the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to enact a moratorium prohibiting any further permits being granted under the Land Use Code # 23.44.010.B.1.D from this day forward until it has been newly reviewed based on recently discovered facts about the process, justification and impact. We have come together from our various neighborhoods across the city of Seattle to stop the negative effects of this particular code.

We urge the Mayor, City Council and the DPD to accelerate a review of this specific section of the Land Use Code and to carefully scrutinize whom it benefits and the economic tradeoffs. This section of code allows houses to be built in the backyards and side yards of existing homes to the benefit of a small number of developers who profit from their ability to turn one single-family lot into two lots.

Meanwhile, the nearby homeowners are left shocked by projects that deprive them of privacy, solar access and neighborhood character without any notice or opportunity to appeal.

Additionally, we request community representation on any panel performing this review.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Colleen Modde Gaoaen SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      building big house on small lot next door

    • Gerald Conley SEATTLE, FRANCE
      • about 2 years ago

      This density increase can destroy single family neighborhoods

    • Gabriel Levin SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      The minimal density that is added via this cynically applied loophole does not create value for anyone except perhaps a minimal spiff to the developer. The uncertainty that the code allows destroys value for all real estate investors and owners in the city . ie a prospective purchaser will not know from a title report or a zoning report if this type of project could be done nearby thus impairing the value of the prospective purchase. Also the haphazard nature of the loophole does not correspond to the intent of the zoning authorities over the past 50 years. This loophole is a no-brainer and must be stopped to preserve value for all market participants and Seattleites.

    • Molly Black SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Really bad news that this is going on - developer reaps huge profits while neighbors suffer (physically with loss of light/air, and financially with loss in property value).

    • Jason Seawall SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      I see properties in my neighborhood being cut up by developers at the expense of the community.


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