City Mother-In-Law Apartments
posted by December 2 at 14:54 PMon
Mother-in-law apartments, or ADUs, create in-city affordable housing, help retirees hold on to their houses as their property taxes rise, and help people buy who might no otherwise be able to afford a house. They’re also good for the environment, and create density without altering the character of existing neighborhoods. Other cities are doing it:
Hundreds of communities across the country have rewritten their zoning rules in recent years, to eliminate longtime bans on apartments in single-family houses and encourage new ones to be built….
Once fairly common in large houses but prohibited by zoning ordinances after World War II, so-called accessory apartments in places like garages or attics are now seen as one way to expand the supply of moderately priced rentals. They are intended for older people on fixed incomes, young people starting out and workers needed for essential but relatively low-paying jobs.
For a homeowner, a granny flat can be a source of rental income to help cover property taxes and other costs.
We hear about our pressing need for more affordable housing all the time. But we can’t seem to do what other places have done—approve ADUs—because here in Seattle we just talk wanna talk about our problems. And talk and talk and talk.
Forget Metronatural. Here’s a slogan for our screwed up city: Seattle: All talk, no action. Ever.