Isn't It Weird That ... An appeal of rules to pass stricter regulations on microhousing units, AKA "aPodments," appears to have actually led to the development of 360 new micro-housing units?
As we've reported, Capitol Hill neighborhood activist Dennis Saxman appealed new regulations on microhousing, on the grounds that the city hadn't adequately studied the new rules, which would require things like design review and minimum kitchen and common area sizes, for micro-housing. The complaint alleged that the city's Department of Planning and Development hadn't adequately studied the potential environmental impacts of the new regulations, and argued that microhousing contributed to crime, traffic, climate change, and harm to "birds and other animals."
Saxman lost his appeal this week. Ironically, the appeal, which Saxman filed last October, prevented the city council from passing the new, more restrictive, regulations on micro-housing—which, in turn, allowed developers to continue building micro-housing units under the existing, less-restricive rules.
According to DPD, they've done just that—between October 28, when Saxman filed his appeal, and February 3, DPD spokeswoman Cyndi Mei Wilder says the agency has accepted four new permit applications for microhousing developments, for a total of 360 micro-units.
Saxman has not returned a call for comment.