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City Announces Next Steps on Backyard Cottage Proposal

By Joe Veyera

Months after the hearing examiner ruled in favor of the Queen Anne Community Council in their appeal of a proposal to ease regulations on building backyard cottages and mother-in-law units, the city has announced its next steps on the issue.

In a blog post late last month, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien wrote that after a “thorough examination” of the decision, the city will pursue a full environmental impact statement to look deeply into the potential impacts of code changes.

In the post, O’Brien said the EIS process will likely take a year to complete, and that there will be multiple opportunities for residents to voice their opinions during that period.

O’Brien originally introduced a proposal last year that would have allowed properties to have both an attached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) on the same lot, removed the off-street parking requirement, removed the owner-occupancy requirement after one year, reduced the minimum lot size for a DADU to 3,200 sq. ft., and increased the allowable floor area for a DADU from 800 to 1,000 sq. ft. Opponents of the proposal raised concerns that the potential environmental impacts weren’t adequately studied, and the hearing examiner ruled that the city’s determination of non-significance in relation to the State Environmental Policy Act was not based on sufficient information to evaluate potential impacts. Meanwhile, proponents of the original effort labeled the Community Council’s efforts as obstructionist, something they firmly denied.

The hope, O’Brien wrote, is to bring legislation to the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee by the middle of the next year.

“I believe lowering the barriers to creating backyard cottages and in-law apartments is an important part of addressing affordability across the city, and am looking forward to continuing to pursue this legislation,” O’Brien wrote in the post.

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Sinkhole Opens in Queen Anne

Many Seattleites fear ‘the really big one’, a projected 8.7 – 9.2 magnitude earthquake that could hit the Puget Sound and northern West Coast at anytime. But fewer of us realize the danger of the earth opening up beneath our very feet! Sinkholes are a very real danger in Seattle, and can happen without warning and at small to terrifying sizes. Just a year and a half ago, a large hole suddenly opened up between two homes on Queen Anne. And last month, a recycling truck was stuck in a West Seattle sinkhole near 24th Avenue SW and SE Kenyon S.

Only a couple of weeks ago, another sinkhole opened up on Queen Anne in the middle of 5th Avenue. It was three feet wide and required the closure 5th Avenue between West Comstock Street and West Highland Drive in order for Seattle Public Utilities to repair it.

In Seattle’s history, sinkholes have trapped cars and even people, although there have been no casualties. Sinkholes have been a ‘thing’ throughout the city over the past year, and not just because of the drilling caused by Bertha, the drilling machine that’s tunneling below Belltown to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Why does the city get these sinkholes? Seattle soil isn’t characterized by karst terrain, the type of rock that commonly develops sinkholes. Instead, our sinkholes are caused by aging water and sewer systems underground. According to U.S. Geological Survey geologist Randall Orndorff, “Since these systems are pipes, they act like caves in the natural setting—a void beneath the surface.”

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Expect Additional Traffic at the Seattle Center Today for Starbucks Shareholders Meeting

There will be lots of traffic around Seattle Center and McCaw Hall Wednesday morning when people start showing up for the Starbucks shareholders meeting.

The Seattle Department of Transportation said drivers should expect heavy traffic because of the meeting and on-going construction projects in the area.

Expect traffic volumes to be higher than usual heading into and around Lower Queen Anne.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, but doors open at 8 a.m. About 2,700 people are expected to attend.

There will be extra traffic heading out of the neighborhood from noon to 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Howard Schultz will attend his last shareholders meeting as the company’s CEO.

Schultz announced he was stepping down in December.

Starbucks chief operating officer Kevin Johnson will become the new CEO on April 3.

Schultz will move to the role of executive chairman.

Syndicated from KIRO 7 News. Featured photo source: Wikipedia Commons.

Queen Anne’s Bite Box Hosts Wine Bar Pop-Up Every Tuesday

Grub used to host pop-up restaurants that brought different flavors to Queen Anne each month. Now, Grub owner Sharon Fillingim has shifted gears with her new restaurant Bite Box, but that doesn’t mean pop-ups are over. Starting last week, on Tuesday, March 7th, a pop-up wine bar will be at Bite Box every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 9:30pm.

Zach Geballe, a Seattle sommelier and local wine writer, will run Disgorged out of Bite Box with a mission to “explore the world of wine with a little less pretension and a bit more expression”. What can you expect? Delicious wines from both the Pacific Northwest and the world, along with rotating mystery wines – guess what you taste and win prizes!

Zach will call upon his expertise as the Dahlia Lounge wine lead and wine writer for Seattle Weekly, SIP Northwest, and The Fresh Toast, to find fun and interesting wines for patrons to try. Plus, the prices are really reasonable at $10 or less a glass. And, small bites (cheeses, meats, olives) will be available too.

Stop by Bite Box at 307 W McGraw St on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm to experience Disgorged!

Syndicated from QueenAnneView.com