The Weekly Snapshot: Seattle Looks to Cottages for Affordable Housing

May 9, 2011
Seattle from the air. Photo by flickr user Tony Cyphert.

In an effort to densify single-family neighborhoods and increase the affordable housing stock in the city,  Seattle has begun a new rezoning project to allow homeowners to build stand-alone cottages in the yards behind their residences. These cottages, or "detached accessory dwelling units (DADU)," present an attractive alternative for housing Seattle's growing population without expanding further into the forests of the Pacific Northwest, or redesigning many of the city's signature neighborhoods. Since the expansion of Seattle's DADU pilot program in 2009, more than 57 backyard cottages have been permitted and built throughout the city.
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