October 20, 2017
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
Re: ADU/DADU legislation
Dear Councilmember O’Brien,
The Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHAWA) represents more than 5,500 small, independent landlords. Our mission is to provide our membership with the tools and knowledge necessary to operate safe, affordable housing.
I’m writing you today regarding the Accessory Dwelling Unit EIS and changes being proposed to the rules for how ADU/DADU units may be sited, constructed, and operated.
Our region is in desperate need of action which can address the shortage of housing units we currently face. As the State’s largest city, Seattle can be a leader on how to address this problem. Expanding opportunities for ADU/DADU construction should be a part of the solution, and RHAWA strongly supports Alternative 2 as the best way to move forward on this issue.
Two particular details of Alternative 2 which we strongly support are a waiving of the owner-occupancy requirement, and for reducing the minimum lot size to 3,200 square feet.
Expanding ADU/DADU opportunities supports two critical goals for the city:
Additional to the policy being considered, we would also suggest consideration of additional changes which can expedite ADU/DADU construction and
We look forward to seeing this process move forward, and thank you for your consideration.
RHAWA External Affairs Director
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