This is one of the biggest breakthroughs we’ve had in some time (regarding an issue that’s very important to our supporters).
As you know, the city of Seattle refuses to provide the neighbors who live around backyard / side yard house projects with any special notice when one is being considered, or even when it’s approved. So … Washington State Representatives Pollet and Tarleton are now proposing a new law that will force the city to do exactly that.
If you feel neighbors should be notified, we need you to email or call both of these legislators. Thank them for proposing the bill, and let them know you support it. No convincing needed. We just need to show them there is great support within the city for this bill. (They measure support based on the number of calls/emails they receive.)
Please ask your neighbors to do the same.
All the information you need to fire off two emails in three minutes is included below.
At the reading of the bill yesterday, a representative from the construction industry argued that Seattle already provides its citizens with notice. (Of course, citizens would have to be monitoring the DPD’s website every day to receive such notice.)
Worst of all, because no notice is given to neighbors, many miss out on their only opportunity to protest or stop the construction of a backyard / side yard house: a LUPA lawsuit. (Under state law, LUPA lawsuits must be filed within 21 days of a backyard / side yard house project being approved. But, how can citizens be expected to file a LUPA suit within that timeline when they’re never notified?!)
ABOUT THE BILL
Refer to it as: “House Bill 2311”
The sponsors of the bill: Washington State Representatives Pollet and Tarleton
The bill: Would require that cities with a population of 500,000 or more (that means Seattle, and Seattle only), must adopt regulations and procedures for providing notice. Specifically, the city must “provide notice of the application to all adjacent landowners and residents and an opportunity to submit comments” regarding “land use decisions related to the preliminary short plat approval of a short subdivision or the approval of a boundary line adjustment.”
If you support this bill, email or phone these two state legislators (plus your state legislator):
- Representative Gerry Pollet: web site, (360) 786-7886, Email
- Representative Gael Tarleton: website, (360) 786-7860, Email
If neither Pollet or Tarleton are your state representative, you’ll also want to email or call the legislator who represents your district. Use this tool to quickly and easily find your state legislator.
(Thanks for the tip, Rachel Freed)