Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boardwalk Construction Has Begun To Yesler Swamp

construction start













Friends of Yesler Swamp has recently posted about the first phase of construction, which has been in the works for 14 years, on the boardwalk out to the swamp.

Yesler Swamp is located at the corner of NE 41st and Surber Drive.  A rough trail begins at the East parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, winds through the edge of the swamp and returns to the parking lot.

"The Swamp hides the outlet of historic Yesler Creek, skirts a lagoon that connects with Union Bay, and contains an active beaver hut," the website says. A rough trail begins at the East parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, winds through the edge of the swamp and returns to the parking lot.

Here is the latest news from Friends of Yesler Swamp:

The first phase of construction began on the boardwalk in Yesler Swamp. The attached photo shows the crew from Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) setting “diamond pier footings” and inserting metal pins to hold the footings in place, in preparation to actually installing the cedar boardwalk.  
The crew is working on the west side of the swamp, so if you want to stop by, you can see how they are doing. They are setting the pin piles in the deepest portion of the west trail before the April 15th cut off date set by the Army Corp of Engineers. The WCC is diverted to help recover the victims of the mudslide and will return in June to install more footings and then lay down the cedar boardwalk itself.
In response to the disturbance caused by this construction in the wetland we are mitigating by removing invasive plants and planting native plants within the swamp. Last year we had one senior UW group. This year we have 2 senior and one junior groups doing this work for us.  So you’ll notice lots of pink ribbons and signs saying “restoration in progress” — the work of many talented and energetic UW students to whom we are most grateful. 
Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have worked with us since 2009 to make the boardwalk a reality and restore this wonderful 6.4 acre site.
(photo courtesy of Yesler Swamp)

Youth Sailing Open House Saturday At Sail Sand Point



 

On Saturday Sail Sand Point is having a free "Youth Sailing Open House" from 11-3pm.

The information says:
More than a dozen organizations have teamed up and Saturday so that parents and kids can come learn about the variety of options available. Programs are available for children as young as five years old all the way through high school.
Land activities include knot tying, rigging, burgee making, and relay races.  Sailing instructors will be on the water doing tacks and gybes to show kids what sailing in boats these sizes looks like. Free sailboat rides will also be available. (Weather dependent)


Participating programs include: 
Center for Wooden Boats: http://cwb.org
Corinthian Yacht Clubhttp://www.cycseattle.org
Green Lake Small Craft Center: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/grnlake.htm
Mt Baker Rowing and Sailing: http://mbrsc.com
Queen City Yacht Clubhttp://www.queencity.org
Sail Sand Point: www.sailsandpoint.org
Schooner Zodiac: http://www.schoonerzodiac.com/
Sea Scouts - Puget  Sound
South Whidbey Yacht Club: http://swyachtclub.org/
Sound Experience/Adventuress: http://soundexp.org/
SSS Yankee Clipper : http://yankeeclipperseascouts.wordpress.com/ 
Tacoma Yacht Club: http://www.tacomayachtclub.org/

 

Sail Sand Point is located about five miles north of the University of Washington on the western shore of Lake Washington. The entrance to SSP is off of Sand Point Way NE at NE 74th Street.
 
For event information and questions contact Calla@48north.com or (206) 789-7350.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Chance On Friday To Weigh In To City Council On Tall, Skinny Houses On Back/Side Yard Houses Built On Undersized Lots, Two Already In Laurelhurst

 
House at 4812 NE 40th Street built on small side yard originally part of home next door

 

Friday at 2pm, City Council is holding a public hearing on side yard/backyard houses on undersized lots in SF zone and proposed building code changes.
 
Over the last several years, several skinny houses on small lots have been built in Laurelhurst, all the work of developer, Dan Duffus, who is well-known around the city for building the houses which are modern in style, towering over the established homes beneath them and don't fit in with the character of the neighborhood..

One is located at 4812 NE 40th Street in Laurelhurst,
in Laurelhurst, which sits on a piece of property 30 feet wide, and was segmented out of a side yard which was a total of only 80 feet wide. The house covers all the land, except for 10 feet of the house's previous yard.

John Taylor, who lives directly behind the new home, commented in a 
Seattle Times article, that looming presence over his back yard is like “a guard tower.” He said the neighbors had no notice from the city or the developer that a new house was being crammed in between two existing houses, on what had been the old house’s yard.

Nick Jenkins, another Laurelhurst resident, who lives next door to another tall, skinny house, has posted his experience titled "There goes the neighborhood and yours may be next" on his blog about going through the construction process and now living with one of these houses right next door to him.  

 
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to establish new standards for development of single-family houses on undersized lots in single-family zones.  The new standards would replace interim standards first established by Ordinance 123978. 
 
Among other things, the proposed new standards would:
·           Establish a minimum site size of 2,500 square feet in area;
·           Eliminate use of tax records and historic mortgages as a basis for establishing lot size exceptions;
·           Require consolidation for redevelopment of adjacent lots with areas less than 3,200 square feet;
·           Clarify the “75/80 Rule” for establishing lot size exceptions;
·           Establish a new “100 Percent Rule” exception for establishing lot size exceptions that are equal to the mean area of lots on the same block front;
·           Establish a Type II discretionary review process with notice and the opportunity for appeal for development on sites less than 3,200 square feet in area;
·           Establish lower maximum height limit for development on sites less than 3,200 square feet in area;
·           Repeal a platting development standard related to short subdivisions where there are two existing houses; and
·           Make other minor clarifications and modifications to development standards.

One Home Per Lot.  a city-wide grassroots group monitoring large homes built on side and backyards of existing homes, said about the public hearing that "this will be your chance to sound off about the issue, face-to-face, with the city council members who will be making the final decisions about what the new building codes will be."

The group added that if the city council members don't hear from hundreds of citizens about this issue, "they'll assume the public has lost interest or is completely satisfied -- and they'll be that much more apt to cave in to pressure from the developers' lobbyists. So please don't
sit on the sidelines and expect other citizens to step up."
 
One Home Per Lot has been working the last 18-months to establish new building codes for backyard / side yard houses. Last month, City Council voted unanimously to extend the emergency moratorium on backyard / side yard houses for another six months while the Department of Planning and Development works on the recommended building code changes.

On April 2nd, the City's Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee, accepted the Department of Planning and Development's final recommendations on how to change the building codes for backyard / side yard houses. 

Next in the process is the Committee debating the recommendations internally, taking input from the public and then make their own changes to the recommendations before forwarding them to the City Council for a final vote.

One Home Per Lot believes that during this time, developer Dan Duffus  and other lobbyists, mainly including Smart Growth Seattle, the  developers' lobbying group, are all "pressuring City Council leaders to water down or eliminate aspects of the DPD's recommendations. These groups and individuals are well-funded, well-connected professionals who represent the developers' interests. They will be very vocal and assertive, and their messages to city council members will need to be countered by you."
 
Smart Growth Seattle, is also "the main staff contact for the Seattle Builders Council," as they identified themselves in a recent email to supporters, is "fighting against citizens' efforts to impose new building codes on backyard / side yard houses," One Home Per Lot said.

Roger Valdes, the main lobbyist for Smart Grown Seattle, told supporters in an email to write to DPD saying "Please don't implement the DPD recommendations without amendment and further discussion with people who build housing."
 
In their recent press release they said that "the greatest risk to our growing prosperity is a lack of housing choices for people in Seattle and those who are moving to our city."

Valdes also claimed that "because DPD staff has been so focused on new construction they may have failed to realize that all the limits they have written into their proposal actually close off the possibility of improving existing homes" which he says would include height restrictions on second floors to small homes, as KIRO reported recently.
 
One Home Per Lot said that unfortunately Smart Growth Seattle is "spreading this false rumor and they address it their report found on their website.
 
One Home Per Lot said the "developers' lobbyist is hoping that owners of existing small homes will become livid when they hear the city is trying to prohibit them from expanding their homes and will demand the city scrap the height limits in the new regulations, which would allow the developers to go back to building new, three-story houses on tiny backyard / side yard lots."
 
New height rules proposed by the DPD would also impact some existing small homes, in order to keep the owners of those homes, and developers, from turning them into tall skinny three stories high, One Home Per Lot told us. 
The DPD director's report states: "This is because the potential impacts on neighbors of a substantial addition to an existing house on a small lot would be no different than the impacts of an identical new house built on a vacant lot of the same size."
Katy, with the City Council, told us that:
As proposed, these standards would apply to new development as well as additions to existing structures.  Assuming that these standards are adopted, existing structures on lots less than 3200 s.f. in size that exceed maximum allowable heights could be rebuilt or expanded subject to rules for structures that are non-conforming to development standards.   

That essentially means that non-conforming structures could be rebuilt or expanded provided that the expansion does not increase the existing non-conformity.  
Regulations related to non-conforming structures can be found hereNote that there are also some existing allowances for dormers, clerestroies, and eaves on single family houses that don’t conform to height limits that can be found here.
 
The height restriction are contained in Section 6 of the council bill and state
 
Section 6. Subsections A and B of Section 23.44.012 of the Seattle Municipal Code, which Section was last amended by Ordinance 123978, are amended as follows:
23.44.012 Height (())limits
A. Maximum (()) height established (())
1. Except as permitted in (()) subs ection 23.44.041.B, and except as provided in (())subsections 23.44.012.A.2 and (()) 23.44.012.A.3 , the maximum permitted height for any structure not located in a required yard is 30 feet.
2. The maximum permitted height for any structure on a lot 30 feet or less in width is 25 feet.
3. For a lot or unit lot of any width, if the area of the largest rectangle or other quadrilateral that can be drawn within the lot lines of the lot or unit lot (())is less than (()) 3,200 square feet (()) the maximum permitted height for any structure on that lot (()) shall be (()) 18 feet(()) unless the structure's height is further restricted by other code provisions , provided that structure height up to 22 feet is permitted for a principal structure with habitable floor area on no more than two partially- or fully- above-ground floors, and top-of-floor-to top-of-floor height is at least 10 feet at the level of the main entry .
4. The method of determining structure height and lot width is detailed in Chapter 23.86, Measurements.
 
 
Smart Growth Seattle also implies in their communications that their is a housing crisis, which the DPD discredited as written in a January Seattle Times article in which Tim Hauger, the comprehensive-plan manager for the Department of Planning and Development said that Seattle currently has triple the housing capacity necessary to accommodate growth targets through the year 2024. "We have over 50 years growth capacity across the city."

"This isn't the first time Smart Growth Seattle has promoted backyard / side yard houses as the best solution for an invented problem," One Home Per Lot said. Here is a list of Smart Growth Seattle's past arguments. "all of which have been exposed as clever distortions of the truth."
 
Smart Growth Seattle sent an email sent to the group's supporters "revealing why they are  working so hard to fight any new building codes." In the email, the developers' lobbyist said that the developers funding Smart Growth Seattle simply want more building permits for the small-development projects they specialize in creating."
 
They're not interested in solving any housing problems. And they're not concerned about the concerns of neighborhoods. They just want to do more building (and backyard / side yard houses are building projects that are very, very lucrative for this small group of small-scale developers)," One Home Per Lot said.

In the email, lobbyist Roger Valdez writes: "This is the year we can, together, change the civic conversation in Seattle about housing. The question this year we'll be asking is what is the city doing to increase the number of housing choices people have in Seattle" and thereby increasing housing supply by permitting more housing?

One Home Per Lot reported recently that backyard / side yard houses can be devastating to the surrounding property values, according to a professional appraiser  saying:
When a professional appraiser appraises a home, he relies on data from the recent sales of "comparables." Those are homes much like the house being appraised. And because backyard / side yard houses are typically unlike anything else in the neighborhood (they're new, they sit on half-sized lots, are usually ultra-modern in design, and sell for an average of 35% more than the neighborhood's median), they are never, ever going to be used in a comparable analysis. 
In other words, the high prices that backyard / side yard houses sell for (an average of $727,926) don't positively impact the value of surrounding homes, because the backyard / side yard house would never be considered a comparable. 
However, the appraiser  will most likely factor in the environmental impact of the backyard / side yard structure (and that's never positive). 
Sitting 27 feet tall (that's the equivalent of three stories), and squeezed into a backyard or side yard,  backyard / side yard houses block sunlight to the neighboring houses, block views and, because they typically tower over all the surrounding homes and yards, they rob the neighbors of the privacy those homeowners once enjoyed. 
That loss of sunlight, views and privacy can easily drag down the appraised value of the surrounding homes by tens of thousands of dollars. Those were valuable attributes that the current homeowner paid handsomely for, and the associated benefits are now missing or negatively impacted. 


One Home Per Lot strongly urges City Council to notify surrounding neighbors when a backyard / side yard house is being considered for approval on their block as well as  notifying the current homeowner when a developer asks DPD for pre-approval to split the homeowner's property into two lots, which means the property is now worth twice as much money. This would prevent more homeowners from selling to developers at far below actual market value.

"While a good step in the right direction, the DPD's current recommendations need improving if they are going to have a chance at successfully addressing the problems that are roiling neighborhoods all across the city of Seattle. This document details the changes that should be made," One Home Per Lot said.
 
If you can't attend the public hearing, you can write or call the City Council members and provide input through 5pm tomorrow.

Here is contact information for the four members serving on Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee:
And here is contact information for the other City Council members::

Here is what One Home Per Lot suggests to say to City Council:

While a good step in the right direction, the DPD's current recommendations need improving if they are going to have a chance at successfully addressing the problems that are roiling neighborhoods all across the city of Seattle.
This document details the changes that should be made.


Copies of the proposal are available from the City Clerk’s website,  Reference Council Bill No. 118052 or go here.

For more information contact Andy Kim of DPD at 206-684-8737.

One Home Per Lot can be reached at staff@onehomeperlot.com and here.


 
 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Calling All Laurelhurst Bicyclists For Neighborhood Bike Master Plan Meeting Tomorrow


We received this information on a special bicycle meeting tomorrow from 7-8pm at 3638 49th Avenue NE (Catherine Henning's home):

An interested group of neighbors is starting to work on improving the bicycling environment in Laurelhurst and would like your input and ideas.
We are hosting a “Bike Party" where you can learn more about our neighborhood bike routes included in the new Bicycle Master Plan.  The bike meeting  is to involve interested neighbors in sharing their concerns and ideas with completing the BMP and cycling in and around Laurelhurst. 
The New Bicycle Master Plan outlines routes through Laurelhurst neighborhood and the park that connect to Laurelhurst Elementary School, the new ramp at the intersection of 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way with a separated bike line in front of Children's' Hospital (a great connection), as well as the new signal crossing at Sand Point Way and NE 52nd Avenue NE. 
The routes include shared use routes, off road paths, through Laurelhurst Park, and possible greenway connections.    
Some of the routes were suggested in the Livable Streets Initiative, a collaborative study  completed in 2009-2010 involving Children's Hospital, Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) and other NE Seattle neighborhoods. 
Come and share your biggest concerns about biking in Laurelhurst. Refreshments will be served!


 

Free Vegetable Gardening Class Saturday At Center For Urban Horticulture

















The Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 41st Avenue NE) is having a free class called Intensive Vegetable Gardening on Saturday from 10-11am.
 
The information says:
 
 
Vegetable gardening may be a good fit with your healthy lifestyle. It provides moderate exercise and delicious, wholesome vegetables. In this class you will learn intensive gardening techniques to help you maximize your harvests, while minimizing your garden’s size and the time it requires in your busy schedule.

 
 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Agenda For Tonight's Laurelhurst Community Club Board Meeting

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) is holding its monthly Board meeting tonight at 7pm at the Laurelhurst Community Center in the Fireside Room.

Here is the agenda:

7:00

WELCOME

ADMINISTRATION
· Calls/Concerns from Neighbors
· Changes to the Agenda
· Announcements

7:15

REPORTS/ACTION
· Crime Prevention

· SR520 Update
· Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit Update 
· Burke-Gilman Multimodal Connector Project
· Metropolitan Park District—Should LCC reaffirm its position opposing formation of an MPD?
· Traffic/Pedestrian Safety Update

8:30
· Talaris Update (possible Executive Session)

9:00

Adjourn

Help Design Pictograms For New Sound Transit Stations

Pictograms representing Sound Transit Link light rail and Mexico City Metro stations. Photo: Sound Transit

 
Sound Transit is currently developing pictograms for future Link light rail stations, including the nearby UW  Station, closest to Laurelhurst

The information says:
A pictogram is an icon that conveys meaning through its pictorial resemblance of a physical object. Pictograms are used on Sound Transit's Link light rail station signage and way-finding materials. Paired with station names, they help identify stations and the surrounding neighborhood. 
 

Share your ideas by completing this questionnairelisting up to three adjectives to describe each station area, up to three landmarks that represent the areas and, cutting to the chase, describing what image would make a good pictogram for the stations and why.

Sound Transit plans to start service in 2016 to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington, in Seattle, and Angle Lake Station, in Sea-Tac; and in 2021 to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate.

(photo courtesy of Sound Transit)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Submit Your Suggestions Now For Neighborhood Bike Stations Coming In September

Bike Share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hana, a Laurelhurst resident and staff member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, partnering with Puget Sound Bike Share (PSBS), would like to let the community know that input is being gathered now on proposed bike stations throughout Seattle.
 
"It would be great if as many people as possible could suggest stations in Laurelhurst and support the stations suggested by voting and commenting by going here to the bikeshare station public input tool.   This is an important opportunity to tell PSBS where you think a bike share station would work best in the neighborhood" she told us.

Currently, PSBS's map shows only one bike "viable" bike station in Laurelhurst at Children's.
 
Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Children's Director of Transportation, told us that the hospital  contributed half a million dollars to Puget Sound Bike Share to host a station and to provide helmets throughout the system.

He added that even though the station is their property, the station will be located adjacent to the public right of way and most importantly, it will be accessible by the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week.   
 
"We are looking at putting the station on our side of the sidewalk on Sand Point Way, near the transit stop. We will pour a concrete pad to accommodate the station," he added.

We asked Holly, Executive Director for PSBS why there is only "viable" station planned for all of Laurelhurst and she responded:
The station at Seattle Children’s is indeed an exception to the 1,400 feet rule and it’s placement is solely due to the institution’s long time commitment to bike share and sponsorship of the program.  While we wish we could include more stations in the neighborhood, we are restricted by our budget, which currently affords 50 stations to be spread across the U-District, Capitol Hill, SLU and downtown.  The good news is that our September launch is only Phase I of a larger system, which will expand as quickly as funding and demand allows.
     
 
 

 Some of the proposed bike locations submitted by residents are:
  • Center for Urban Horticulture
  • Laurel Village - UW Student/Family Housing
  • North west side of Laurelhurst Park
 
Here are some comments left on the site about Laurelhurst stations:

It is important to have at least one station in Laurelhurst where the 25 bus has been cut down to once her hour or less
The station could support many people in Laurelhurst where the public transport is already pretty bad. 
This would be a great resource for this neighborhood because of the lack of public transportation

Starting in September 50 bike stations with 500 bikes will be set up around Seattle, coordinated by PSBS, a nonprofit partnership of public and private organizations formed in June 2012 , with equipment provided by Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share, the City website says.
 
 
Puget Sound Bike Share's site says that: bike share system is one in which bikes are available on demand to provide fast and easy access for short trips. Their vision is "to provide King County residents and visitors access to a low-cost, fast, flexible, and convenient transportation alternative with economic, social, and environmental benefits to the region."
 
 
To submit a suggestion for a bike station go to the map and navigate to the blue station location pins and vote for the ones that are most suitable for a particular area.

Here is criteria used to determine pre-approved viable station locations:
  • Population density and points of interest for residents and tourists
  • The proximity to existing transit infrastructure in order to extend the city’s overall network mass-transit footprint
  • Proximity or frequency of a nearby station in order to create a contiguous service area that can be travelled end-to-end with relative ease and speed
  • Technical feasibility and compliance with City siting guidelines


In May, PSBS will unveil the official program name and logo along with the bike color.
 

Celebrate Urban Nature At Magnuson Park On Saturday

Urban Nature Event last year 
 

 
Seattle Parks and Recreation and EarthCorps are having its fifth annual Celebrate Urban Nature event at the Magnuson Park Community Center on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Family admission is $10 or $3 per person.

Caspar Babypants performs nature songs and other kid favorites.

Ongoing activities:
  • Reptile show by Son of Reptileman,
  • Sarvey Wildlife Raptor presentation
  • Animal Encounter’s “special spring animals” petting farm and exotic bug zoo
  • Insect Safari
  • Art and nature activities including a Nature Explorers Lab
  • Nature themed carnival
  • Interactive booths from numerous organizations like Just Frogs Foundation, Bats Northwest, and NOAA

"Don’t miss this event…it will be fun, educational, and something for everyone!:"the poster says.

For more information call 206-684-7026.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Long Time NE 45th Street House To Be Demolished For Two Houses, Submit Your Comments Now


 
 4720 NE 45th Street to be demolished for 2 new houses
(view from front)
 
   
   
   
   
   
 

 
view from corner of lot at NE 45th Street and 48th Avenue NE


 

The yellow house at 4720 NE 45th Street, built in 1936, directly across from St. Stephens Church, is slated to be demolished and replaced with two homes sitting each on roughly 5000 square feet. 
 
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is accepting comments on this, Project #3016836 and #3016832, through April 16th. 

This project is a short plat and therefore allows for public comment and possible appeal, Branin, the DPD Land Use Planner assigned to the project.told us  Any future home construction would not require any public notice, he added. The application was submitted on March 12th to the City

The owner, Thomas Hall, who bought the 2000 square foot home in 1990, and hasn't lived there for quite some time, also owns the small house next door, 4711 48th Avenue NE. 
 
One Home Per Lot, , a city-wide grassroots group monitoring large homes built on side and backyards of existing homes, including several in Laurelhurst, told us that possibly the house on the other side, 4716 NE 45th Street, might be part of the re-development, as three existing addresses are shown on this DPD page under the section titled "Permit Remarks."
 
However, Branin told us that he has "no permits or projects that show the other two homes are to be removed."
 
The land us application states a request "to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: X) 5,025 sq. ft. and Y) 5,025 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished." However the lot size on the King County Assessor website shows as 9,526 square feet.
 
Branin, DPD Land Use Planner, told us that "the submitted survey shows the lot at 10,049 square feet, therefore allowing a subdivision of two lots into roughly 5000 square foot lots.  The proposed subdivision shows compliance with the minimum lot size requirements of 5000 square feet."
 
He added that there was a boundary line adjustment , approved but pending final signatures, done on the lots addressed 4716 NE 45th Street, 4511 48th Avenue NE and 4720 NE 45th Street.
  
One Home Per Lot said that in "reviewing the permits, it looks as if there were three lots and the developer/owner did a boundary adjustment to ensure that the two lots under the current permit would be 5,000 square foot lots. 
 
The group added that three lots have been given three separate addresses (4720 NE 45th Street, 4501 48th Avenue NE, 4503 48th Avenue NE) and are being combined and manipulated n different ways for the project via lot boundary adjustments to create three new lots sizes: A) 5,097 sq. ft; B) 10,049 sq. ft; C) 6,682 sq.ft.   The largest of those three lots (lot "B") will then be subdivided into two lots, each 5,025 square feet, called a short plat.
 
Branin said that "currently, the only revised lot line shown is the new lot line directly in the middle.  This new property line runs east to west.  The City right-of-way will not be counted in the overall lot size, lot coverage allowances or setbacks."
 
The new home on thenorthern lot, Branin said,  will have access off of 48th Avenue NE while the southern lot will, most likely, have access off of NE 45th Street. 
 
"No clear access will be proposed on the southern lot until such time as a building permit is proposed.  We do not regulate the orientation of single family home or where their 'front door' needs to face.  Although it would be unique, a new home on this lot could have their front door face the northern or western property line, if desired," Branin said.
 
DPD said no addresses have been given to either proposed new lot.


However, One Home Per Lot said that the new addresses are listed under another DPD land use permit (4720 NE 45th Street, 4501 48th Avenue NE, 4503 48th Avenue NE) and could be the new addresses of the three new houses. 

A nearby nearby neighbor expressed concern regarding the current  zoning guidelines and the potential that the new house on the new corner lot would have to be built about 7 feet further to the west than the current structure is, making it a very skinny house.
 
Branin said that the home on the southern lot would be classified as a reverse corner lot, which means that if they take their front yard off of 48th Avenue NE, then they would have a 10-foot side yard requirement along NE 45th Streetreet and if they took their front yard off of NE 45th Street then a 10-foot side yard would be required off of 48th AvenueNE. 
 
"Assuming they orient the home towards 48th Avenue NE, the home could still be 37 feet wide and meet applicable setbacks.  They would have a 19.4’ rear yard setback and should have a standard 20’ front yard," Branin said.
 
A nearby neighbor commented:

I live in  a home on a 4000 square foot lot, which "apparently was grandfathered in when it was built in the early 1940s when zoning laws were different.  The lot seems small, and is, in comparison to my neighbors.  I know that the Laurelhurst community is concerned with development on less than full-sized residential parcels.  And so, as a neighbor, I request further information and clarification before the project is considered.
Another neighbor commented that "an interesting feature of this project is that the entire side yard facing 48th Avenue NE,  except about 3 feet, is City right of way and may not be figured into the calculations.  


Here is a list of the DPD documents on file with the City and by which One Home Per Lot pulled their information:
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http://web1.seattle.gov/DPD/permitstatus/Address.aspx?addr=4720,NE,45TH,ST,
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http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/parceldata/parcel.aspx?pin=5364200425

 
One Home Per lot suggest checking out their web site for recommendations on how to possibly stop this project if you are not in agreement and also going here to learn about similar kinds of projects in the City.  
 
Here is contact information for those involved with the development:

Developer:
PAUL GLOSNIAK
BDR HOMES
11100 MAIN STREET
SUITE 201
BELLEVUE, WA 98004

Applicant (and person listed as the primary contact):
KEVIN CLEARYGOLDSMITH ENGINEERING
1215 114TH AVENUE SE
BELLEVUE, WA 9800
425-462-1080 x257
 
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