Current and proposed regulations by the Department of Planning and Development endanger the existence of Seattle Houseboats. Seattle's houseboat community is an historic part of Seattle, serves to protect life, property and the lake environment, pays City, County and State Taxes, and promotes tourism and other business that support jobs in Seattle.
Vague wording in existing regulations are being used and twisted by City Attorneys to litigate at great cost against people who live on houseboats. These people are now forced to try to protect their home and investment in costly court battles. New Proposed Regulations are even more vague and subject to interpretation.
By signing this petition you are encouraging the Seattle City Council and Mayor McGinn to:
support the alternative wording for Grandfathering existing live-aboard vessels on Seattle waters - Specifically, replace the section requiring vessels to be "Designed and Used for Navigation" with "Any vessel, as defined by Section 3 of Title 1 of the United States Code"
support the alternative wording for allowing live-aboard use on New vessels to be changed removing subjective, confusing wording and to remove unnecessary constraints on live-aboard vessels
remove the unenforced and prejudicial requirement forcing (34) House-Barges to contain grey water while allowing all other live-aboard vessels (hundreds if not thousands) to continue to discharge grey water overboard. NOTE: Black water is always contained and pumped out by service vessels and conveyed to proper sewer systems.
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