The City of Seattle is currently formulating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for changes to Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations.  The EIS will study two alternatives.   Alternative 1 requires off-street parking for ADUs and Alternative 2 doesn’t.

This is an important climate issue, because requiring parking spaces for all new housing makes it harder to build, and therefore suppresses new housing: it essentially privileges cars over people. We believe strongly that no one’s parking is more important than someone else’s housing. And if we privilege cars and parking over housing, we push people out of the city, where they need to drive more. Here’s more information about the current proposals and process.

We have until November 16 to submit comments.  There are also two open houses where people can give live public comment. October 17, 6-7:30 pm, and October 26, 6-7:30 pm (more details at right here). When you comment, you might want to point out that more Seattle residents are deciding against car ownership, and that the City could implement zoned (fee) parking to cap the number of automobiles on the streets and increase revenue for investment in bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The actual comment form is here.