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10 25 CHCC Resolution

10 25 CHCC Resolution

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Whereas:
 
In 1993, the City and the Neighborhoods jointly created a Design Review Processand Design Guidelines to ensure that new construction fit into the existingneighborhood context;
 
The Neighborhoods agreed to certain growth targets with the understanding thatneighborhood context would be protected, and that Neighborhoods would beable to meaningfully participate in the planning and development of theirNeighborhoods;
 
Many years ago, the State of Washington and the City of Seattle enactedenvironmental protection laws and regulations that required the review of newconstruction for a range of environmental impacts;
 
The City has repeatedly granted exemptions and raised thresholds for theapplication of Design and SEPA Review, such that an increasing number of buildings are being constructed with undefined environmental impacts, and in astyle which clearly violates the existing neighborhood context;
 
The City has set growth targets under the Growth Management Act, which it isrequired to honor;
 
The Capitol Hill Neighborhood has seen new construction that will result in theneighborhood exceeding the previously defined growth and density targets. As of July 2012, Capitol Hill has met 92% of its growth target for 2004-2024, andwhen additional 380 permitted units are built, it will meet 130% of its growthtarget for the same period;
 
 A new type of construction referred to as apodments or micro housing,concentrated in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood, has proceeded under ordinaryconstruction permitting procedures, exempt from Design Review, SEPA Reviewand Design Guidelines, and resulting in an increased density not previouslyestablished in Seattle's Land Use Code;
 
The pace and nature of development of apodments in the Capitol HillNeighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods around the City, deeply concernsthe neighborhood, for the reasons stated above;
 
The development of apodments has been enabled by a DPD interpretation,Director's Rule 7-83, of the meaning of the phrase "dwelling unit";
 

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