(This article was contributed by Sophie Hayes, a journalism student at the University of Washington.)
The city’s Office of Planning and Community Development is encouraging what they believe could be one solution to Seattle’s housing crisis: backyard cottages.
Backyard cottages, or detached accessory dwelling units, are small homes built on already-existing lots. Homeowners in single-family residential neighborhoods in Seattle have had the option to build them since 2010. Some homeowners rent them out for additional income, while others use them to expand their living quarters.
Councilmember Mike O’Brien is spearheading the project and aims to make the process of building …