Tag Archives: micro-housing

Micro housing and SEPA comment period

From the DPD:

We welcome your comments on our proposed micro-housing legislation. Read the new regulations on our project documents page and then e-mail your feedback or ideas, by October 21, to mike.podowski@seattle.gov or geoffrey.wentlandt@seattle.gov.

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Review Draft
On October 7, 2013 we released proposed new rules for micro-housing and congregate residences along with a Director’s Report. We also published notice of a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on the proposed rules, as a part of the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. The SEPA comment period runs from October 7 through October 21 of 2013.

Staff Draft – Micro-Housing Preliminary Recommendations
Our preliminary recommendations for code changes to address the permitting and design of micro-housing is discussed in the memo below. We’ve drafted our preliminary recommendations based on input from elected officials, residents, and property owners.

  • Background Appendices

Possible legislative fix to the Micro-housing loophole?

From PubliCola:

“City council member Tom Rasmussen confirms this morning’s caffeinated news and gossip that the council is considering legislation, which he may propose, that could place new restrictions (including, potentially, a moratorium) on so-called “aPODments,” a brand name that’s now widely used to describe buildings that contain numerous small housing units that surround a central living area and kitchen on each floor.”

From the CHS blog:

We’ve introduced you to the community groups pushing back – and the developers who are pushing the trend forward. The Capitol Hill Community Council has come out in support of a moratorium until review requirements are strengthened. Previously, chair of the land use committee Richard Conlin has said the City Council wasn’t ready to take action to halt the developments while more stringent review processes were put in place.

PubliCola followed it up interviewing council member Sally Bagshaw:

Our One (OK, two) Questions for Sally Bagshaw: What do you think of aPodments, and would you support a moratorium on them until the city can figure out better regulations?

Bagshaw’s response:

I think they’re terrific. I’ve been in and visited them and met with people who are living in them.

The concerns from the neighbors are that there are ways to get completely around design review. That’s what I think is really important; that’s what people are complaining about—all of a sudden you have something going in and they don’t have an opportunity to meet the developer.

General Meeting Minutes 2/21/13

Capitol Hill Community Council

General Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2013

Meeting started 6:33


Capitol Hill Champion Project Updates and Election of Reps from CHCC

  • Questions and Discussion re: Transparency, Protocols, and Scope of the Champion Project
  • Cathy Hillenbrand – Champion addresses ONLY the Sound Transit site
  • Introductions, questions, and voting on Lisa Kothari and John Akamatsu as CHCC reps to the Capitol Hill Champion
  •     Intros by Lisa and John
  •     Questions
  •     Vote
  • John      81yes.    44no
  • Lisa.      86 yes.    45no

John and Lisa approved as CHCC reps to the Capitol Hill Champion

Micro housing Update

  •  A small group met with City Council staff
  • Jeffrey Cook and Michele Gomes are the point people
  • City Council wanted to know concerns and impact
  • (So-called apodments are being built at a rapid pace without normal protocols because a building with in fact 64 residents with individual rental agreements can be built calling itself an 8 unit building)
  • Some issues: no neighborhood notification, no chance for engagement with the developer, no potential for design review, etc.)
  • The City Council is listening, but no direct action as of yet, such as amending and cleaning up building/zoning/construction guidelines and classifications, or no building moratorium until such loopholes is fixed.
  • Further meetings with City Council will be posted on the CHCC website

Treasurers Report

  • We need a new web host very soon.
  • Voted on whether to spend approx.$14 per month on web hosting
  • Vote passed. Yes on expenditure for web hosting.

A reminder that CHCC will continue to use public space for meetings, and will not be renting space.

By-laws Review Committee Update

  • (We are required to do this every three years and are overdue.)
  • -So far have found some grammatical and language errors.
  • -Need to discuss whether to modify our boundaries (so as to not include Montlake)
  • -Need to discuss whether to increase the quorum needed to do business from only four to something higher, perhaps twelve.
  • -More work to be done. When we get closer, it will be presented at one or more meetings, and then after all discussion and further modifications, a vote will occur at the following meeting – a 2/3rd majority is needed to pass.


  • Twelfth Avenue Arts Complex groundbreaking took place today
  • We are considering having an Arts Forum at Capitol Hill Community Council where artists and arts organizations can come present what they are up to on the Hill.
  •  Related to this, there may be a Cultural Overlay District possible for Capitol Hill, contact Nick Licata’s office for more information.
  •  Art Blitz is coming, stay tuned
  •  To apply for inclusion of your art project in the Broadway Windows Project, send in proposals by March 14

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Presentation and Discussion

Planning Commission representatives Kevin McDonald and Katie Sheehy

  • Amending comprehensive plan is the goal.
  • Moving policy ideas re: TOD forward into Comprehensive Plan
  • Meld development, planning, and transit “nodes’.
  • Both stated the Comprehensive Plan needs some “modest” changes in order to further the TOD agenda.
  • Want to look at walking distance and walking time to transit nodes.
  • Intend to provide a framework for further development.
  • Supporting dense, mixed use policies and make sure this happens in other neighborhoods.
  • What are components of liveability?  Stay tuned, much neighborhood input will be needed here.
  •  Question: Will this eventually include a push to significantly upzone a large part of Capitol Hill, and/or also change this same large section to Neighborhood Commercial?


Adjourned 8:15

General Meeting February 21, 2013 Agenda

Capitol Hill Community Council general meeting

  • February 21 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Cal Anderson Park Shelter House


(Light refreshments served )


Old business

  • Champion update (Champion is the group helping shaping the development over the Broadway Station site)
  • Vote on John and Lisa as Capitol Hill Community Council reps to Champion
  • Treasury report
  • Committee reports
  • Bylaw review committee

New business

  • East Pac and safety issues
  • A  Question and Answer with Officer Sina Ebinger from SPD
  • Micro Housing Update
  • Strengthen presence of arts
  • (Arts forum at Capitol Hill Community Council soon?)
  • New Web site host for CHCC; 15 dollars a month?
  • Transit Oriented Development initiatives coming from the city


New teardown for apodment

This photo comes from a Capitol Hill resident who saw the big old house on 13th and Mercer being demolished.

She noted:

  • No review with the historic preservations board.
  • No design review.
  • No neighbor / community notification or involvement.

This is typical of the lack of community and design review of this type of micro housing.

Nov 15, 2012 General Meeting Agenda

November 15, 6:00 p.m., Cal Anderson Shelter House



  • Capitol Hill Champion  (Broadway station area)
  • EastPac
  • Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Food Drive
  • Streetcar; reconstitute transportation committee?
  • Denny substation/above ground transmission lines
  • Micro housing


  • 1st Design Forum – Introduction and overview
  • First presentation by Maria Barrientos on 120 Harvard Avenue and 127 E Broadway

Treasury Report

  • Advertising on CHCC Website?
  •  Fundraising ideas

Discussion and Action  

  • Redistricting
  • South Lake Union
  • RDS Height


There is a new calendar feature on the CHCC website, if you’d like to join up and be able to post, please contact us

While the CHCC general meetings can generally take up a couple of spontaneous announcements, if you have a more lengthy presentation or request for action, please let us know 10 days ahead of time. Thanks!