[NOTE! As of Jan 9 @ 9am, there are only 11 seats remaining for BNC’s January 11th event with Marty Kaplan. If you’re planning to attend, please reserve your seats now. Click HERE.]
In 2016, Marty Kaplan led the Queen Anne Community Council in their successful appeal of Seattle’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) proposal, which has been described as the city’s “largest rezone and redefinition ever.” Seattle’s proposal virtually ignored all potential adverse impacts of removing off-street parking requirements, allowing ADUs on smaller lots, increasing the height, bulk, and scale of ADUs, and other changes that lead to further displacement of vulnerable populations, tear-downs, and speculative development of income properties. A similar effort is underway in Bellingham to rezone city-wide, effectively ending any semblance of single family zoning.
The Bellingham Neighborhood Coaltion, leading the fight against this citywide upzone, has invited Mr. Kaplan to share his experience and advice on January 11th during an engaging dialogue as the citizens prepare for Bellingham Planning Commission’s ADU Public Hearing on January 25th. [Agenda packet not yet posted.]
As we are facing a Seattle-like DADU upzone, what adverse impacts will this upzone cause? Will the city address the problems of over-densification, parking, congestion, tree canopy loss, noise, and removal of open space?
What recourse do citizens have to prevent this citywide upzone? Why have some in city government abandoned the social contract that provides some reasonable certainty that the valuable property rights of homeowners will be protected? What about the constitutional principles of fairness and due process?
Is the DADU upzone simply the Trojan Horse that leads to the legalization of all Infill Toolkit housing forms in single-family neighborhoods? Is this the beginning of Bellingham being Ballardized as city leaders legalize the bulldozing of historic housing stock to be replaced by duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, townhomes and apartments?
You can join the BNC on Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm at the Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 210 Central Avenue. TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT: Please use this Reservation Form and complete a separate reservation for each person attending.