Reminder: City of Edmonds invites public to accessory dwelling unit code update webinar Nov. 30

Prefab detached accessory dwelling unit. Source: Abodu via City of Edmonds

Residents are invited to attend a live webinar regarding the update of the City of Edmonds accessory dwelling unit (ADU) code from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 via Zoom. The link to attend can be found here.

According to a city news release:

Edmonds residents have expressed a growing interest in providing multi-generational housing to allow family members to age in place. This follows a national housing trend that provides seniors with flexible housing options that encourage smart growth within their existing communities. Multi-generational housing also increases affordability for new and existing homeowners as home prices and costs of living escalate.

The City of Edmonds Development Code now limits accessory dwelling units to attached structures within or attached to a primary residence.  Recent state legislation coupled with local interest and growing demand has prompted a revision to the existing code to allow for the inclusion of detached ADUs, the city said.

The Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission’s 2021 recommendations included an update to the ADU code, specifically advocating for the inclusion of detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs). According to the city, this aligns with the housing element of the Edmonds Comprehensive Plan, which recommends revising accessory dwelling regulations, providing clearer standards, and streamlining their approval as a standard option for any single-family lot.

House Bill 1337, enacted by the Washington State Legislature in spring 2023, directs cities to amend their development codes and to include provisions for detached accessory dwelling units.

To share detailed information, the City of Edmonds is hosting a live webinar, featuring a presentation and a Q&A session. This allows the community to engage with city staff, addressing any questions or concerns they may have, the city said.

For further information and updates, visit City of Edmonds DADU webpage.

  1. Today’s movements championing mixed-use neighborhood development to address acute urban housing shortages must realize, like local and federal legislators, that an economy dominated by major coastal hubs is unsustainable and, frankly, unwise given already emerging climate threats. These generally laudable goals cannot be pursued in a vacuum.
    A piece from a article I read pretty interesting read about climate change migration and growth

  2. It’s too bad this event conflicts directly with tonight’s City Council meeting, one with important budget deliberations going on. However, staff does intend to record this webinar so we can watch it later by logging in from the project web page.

    1. Rodger I hear of having to save the planet and our local environment. But yet the appetite for more development counteracts that goal. So the city needs to pick a path. Slow growth with a eye on what is important or increase our risk to negative consequences from unsubstantial growth.

  3. Follow the link provided at the end of the original article and view the slides of the presentation…what’s coming is pretty clearly laid out there and easy to understand, no need to listen to a presenter. Some will love it. Some will hate it. But we should all make an effort to understand it, noodle out the pros and cons, and prepare for change because it’s coming in the not-too-distant future.

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