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

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Colleen Modde Gaoaen
9 years ago
building big house on small lot next door

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Gerald Conley
9 years ago
This density increase can destroy single family neighborhoods

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Gabriel Levin
9 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.

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Molly Black
9 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).

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Jason Seawall
9 years ago
I see properties in my neighborhood being cut up by developers at the expense of the community.

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Eva Cherniavsky
9 years ago
The practice of subdividing of relatively modest urban lots in order to erect a second, frequently over-sized house on the property has been rampant in our neighborhood. While I am unequivocally in favor of more *accessible* family housing in Seattle, the indiscriminate construction of high-end, luxury units in too-small spaces does nothing but eliminate green, block light, and mar the character of an older neighborhood.

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Patricia Matthieu
9 years ago
I think it's important to keep the characters of neighborhoods consistent and not haphazard, as well as insure developers are respecting appropriate laws and prohibited from obtaining easements that don't make sense.

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Jocelyn Coit-Durland
9 years ago
I believe in density in the city, but to be respectful of the surrounding structures to make sure any new dwelling is appropriately sized and styled to fit within the neighborhood.

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Eileen Crawford
9 years ago
Backyard houses destroy habitat and tree cover. They block sunlight for people and gardens. Privacy is eroded or eliminated. Noise level increases. These houses can pit neighbor against neighbor when one profits from the sale of a lot or an easement while the other loses privacy, sunlight, quiet. "Single family neighborhood" should mean one house on an existing lot. Please stop backyard houses.

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Irene Wall
9 years ago
We will never achieve the alleged benefits of urban density if we continue let land use authorities snub their nose at the rights of citizens who lived here before the developers gained the upper hand.