Seattle proposes houses not bigger 50% of lot size

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A Seattle City Council committee on Wednesday discussed sweeping changes that could change the landscape of city neighborhoods for years to come.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien said he’s been working for more than three years to loosen the regulations on backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments. He said the city needs to maximize housing citywide.

Among the changes he wants is to:

Increase the size and height of backyard cottages; stop requiring off-street parking for cottages; and allow some properties to have both a cottage and a mother-in-law apartment, as well as a main house. He also doesn’t want it mandatory that a landlord or homeowner live on site.

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