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.
“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.”
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?
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 aboutâ€”all of a sudden you have something going in and they don’t have an opportunity to meet the developer.
Capitol Hill Champion Project Updates andÂ Election of Reps from CHCC
Questions and Discussion re: Transparency, Protocols, and Scope of the Champion Project
Cathy Hillenbrand â€“ 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
Â Â Intros by Lisa and John
Â Â Questions
Â Â Vote
John Â Â Â 81yes. Â Â 44no
Lisa. Â Â Â 86 yes. Â Â 45no
John and Lisa approved as CHCC reps to the Capitol Hill Champion
Micro housing Update
Â 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
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 â€“ a 2/3rd majority is needed to pass.
November 15, 6:00 p.m.,Â Cal Anderson Shelter House
Capitol Hill ChampionÂ (Broadway station area)
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Food Drive
Streetcar; reconstitute transportation committee?
Denny substation/above ground transmission lines
1stÂ Design Forum â€“ Introduction and overview
First presentation by Maria Barrientos on 120 Harvard Avenue and 127 E Broadway
Advertising on CHCC Website?
Â Fundraising ideas
Discussion and Action Â
South Lake Union
There is a new calendar feature on the CHCC website, if youâ€™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!
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