Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are small houses that can be added to an existing single-family home, e.g. a basement unit. Today, it’s difficult to create ADUs because of onerous requirements like requiring a parking spot for each ADU (which can cost up to $30,000) and size restrictions.
The city is considering legislation that will make it easier to build ADUs by removing the parking requirement, making it easier to build ADUs on less land, and removing requirement that the main house be owner-occupied.
Seattle will have its (hopefully final) public hearing about ADU reform on June 11th at 5:30pm at City Hall. Hope to see you there!