Tonight June 1st the Planning Commission will discuss the proposed HB 2001 compliance code amendments for middle housing.
|Intro to Staff Report|
The report is over 100 pages, mostly just code with additions and strikethrough. It's a bunch of technical blah-blah-blah.
The intro and summary is very minimal, and does not explain very much to anyone who doesn't already understand the technical details.
|Lot sizes and setbacks|
What are the practical effects of lot coverage requirements and setbacks? At some point they combine to make certain building configurations impossible or impractical, and it is at least theoretically possible to say "we have legalized fourplexes" at the same time as the lot coverage and setbacks make them very difficult.
And given all that we know about the deleterious effects of parking, why do we continue to insist on minimums?
|Still mandating costly parking minimums|
On the surface it looks like the City is meeting the minimum in compliance with the new middle housing law, but is not going beyond them to encourage housing abundance.
We'll see. Maybe there will be more to say after the work session. (There is already one NIMBY letter entered into the record, saying "Infill building is a horrible idea in already established neighborhoods," etc.)