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Entries from May 2016

City Councilmember O’Brien releases proposal to make it easier to build backyard cottages

May 19th, 2016 by Sara

By Doree at our sister site

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, NW Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages.

Councilmember O’Brien’s bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

  • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
  • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
  • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
  • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
  • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
  • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
  • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
  • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.

The city’s Office of Planning & Community Development released its SEPA determination of non-significance today. The public can comment on the proposal through June 2 by emailing Nick Welch at, or by mail at City of Seattle, OPCD, Attn: Nick Welch, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.

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All invited to free art brainstorm at Powerhouse

May 18th, 2016 by Sara

Positive energy and creative ideas will be generated at the Fremont Solstice Parade Open House, Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fremont Arts Council Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave N. in Seattle. No appointment needed. Drop in anytime.  With live music in the afternoon, the open house will help your vision come to life as an entry in this year’s parade.

Generate ideas, dream, start building your entry in this year’s annual Fremont Solstice Parade, or join a group that’s already working on a project. Visitors are welcome to check out all the cool stuff in the
Powerhouse: watch parade videos, discover more about international parade arts and festivals, costumes, giant puppets, and generally, get inspired. Donations of parade art, costumes, “goo gahs,” and other materials are welcome. Here’s how the weekend will shake out:


Potluck Pancake Breakfast  9 – 11 a.m

They provide batter and coffee.  You bring fixings and sides.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Bring floats up to the Powerhouse!*  All  hands on deck! Need a team of heavy lifters and trucks with trailer  hitches. This is the time for float ensembles to help with the move and  pick one out. Way fun! You will be stars.

2 – 4 p.m.- Workshops: Stilt walking demo with Allie Kerr. Make a Petit Troll float for the parade. Help make a batik  banner.

5 – 7 p.m.-Potluck Stone Soup Dinner. They provide two large pots of soup base. You bring ingredients to add to a meat or vegan pot.

6- 7:30 p.m.-Parade Float & Ensemble Presentations, including McKay Grant proposals

Apply for grants at here.

Sunday, May 22

Potluck Pancake Breakfast  9 – 11 a.m

They provide batter and coffee.  You bring fixings and sides.

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.-Parade Art Brainstorm*. Live music and Honk! bands in the afternoon.

1-2 p.m.-Workshops: “How Not to Build a Float” Sage, advice by veteran float builder, Maque DaVis.

5 – 7 p.m.-Potluck Stone Soup Dinner. They provide two large pots of soup base. You bring ingredients to add to a meat or vegan pot.

Sign up today and click on the Parade Info  tab. Reserve a float body to decorate and transform for the parade.  Volunteer to support the parade. Volunteer Parade Monitors keep the ensembles moving and have the best seat in the house!

For more information, email

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3rd annual Taco Libre truck showdown today!

May 1st, 2016 by Sara

It’s back and back in Fremont for more Taco Madness! Get ready for some serious fiesta cursbide in the Center of the Universe, Fremont on Sunday, May 1st! With over 40 amazing food trucks and booths over two blocks, its no wonder Cinco De Mayo pre-funk party is in order to celebrate the return of summer. Mobile Food Rodeo is proud to bring you the ultimate taco smackdown curbside with free admission, massive beer and margarita garden with mariachi bands, live music and city’s top DJ’s spinning all day long!

New this year is our family fun area for all those mini-luchadors in training! Bring the family for a fun day out on Seattle’s favorite neighborhood, Fremont.


1.Anchorhead coffee
2.All About Cookies
3.Shen Zen Tea
4.Lily´s Salvadorean Catering
5.Hapa Food Co.
6.Caveman Eats
7.Fruit Chatter Box
8.Seattle Pops
9.Ray’s Food
10.The Lemongrass
12.The Peoples Burger
13.Hot Revolution Donuts
14.Tummy Yummy Thai
15.Ezell’s Chicken
16.People Of The Chubbs
17.Barriga Llena
18.Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe
19.Tornado Potato
20.My Sweet Lil’ Cakes
21.Los Agaves Mexican
22.Afghan Delicious
23.Mystery Bay Seafood
24.Falafel Salam

Location: Fremont from 10am – 6pm

Free Admission

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