Neighbors have banded together from 16 different Seattle
neighborhoods and formed the group, “One Home Per Lot.” This group opposes the
large homes that are being built on subdivided lots around the city. They complain
that the large scale homes affect their access to sunlight, privacy and
neighborhood scale. One such home, a three-story modern house, is being
constructed in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood on just 1,760 square feet, much
smaller than the underlying 5,000 square foot zoning.
Developers claim that houses come in all shapes and sizes
and that these types of homes add variety and interest to the streetscape. This
particular developer in Roosevelt got the permitting for this home before the City Council
voted to put forward a moratorium on small lot development like this. Just a
few days ago, the City Council agreed to extend this moratorium for another six
City Councilmember Richard
Conlin, who urged colleagues to adopt the moratorium a year ago, has argued for
regulations that provide some predictability for neighbors about what can get
built while still encouraging infill development in the city. Conlin also
supports a rule that would allow developers to build on a lot that was equal to
the average lot size on a block, a recognition that some established
neighborhoods have smaller lot sizes than the underlying zoning.
Developers have pressed the city
to allow lots that are 80 percent of the average lot size on a block. They’re
also asking for a height limit of 22 feet with a 5-foot pitched roof, for a
total of 27 feet at the peak of the roof. They argue that this fits in with
existing architecture, much of which extends this tall. The general argument is that many people want
to live in single-family houses, and there are builders who are building homes to meet that demand in our city rather than in outlying communities.
Others claim that three stories is much too tall, and if they were two stories,
neighbors would be much more open to them.
What do you think about these
so-called monster houses on small lots. Good for infilling Seattle’s
neighborhoods or out of scale intrusions?
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