Weigh in on Friday Harbor’s Guest House Plans

Posted July 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm by

From the town of Fri­day Harbor

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor Plan­ning Com­mis­sion is seek­ing pub­lic com­ment through Aug. 12 regard­ing pro­posed reg­u­la­tions for attached acces­so­ry dwelling units.

Vis­it www.fridayharbor.org or town hall for agen­das, meet­ing infor­ma­tion and con­tact infor­ma­tion to for­ward comments.

On June 3, the town coun­cil adopt­ed inter­im reg­u­la­tions allow­ing attached acces­so­ry dwelling units, or ADUs, in the sin­gle-fam­i­ly res­i­den­tial zone.

Attached ADUs are locat­ed with­in pre­ex­ist­ing sin­gle-fam­i­ly res­i­dences, often involv­ing the con­ver­sion of a garage or base­ment into an inde­pen­dent liv­ing space. These pro­posed reg­u­la­tions will allow own­er-occu­pants in the town to carve out space with­in their pri­ma­ry res­i­dences to cre­ate small­er, inde­pen­dent liv­ing units.

Ordi­nance No. 1721 cre­at­ed a nar­row path­way to legal­ly turn exist­ing struc­tures into addi­tion­al liv­able space while the plan­ning com­mis­sion was tasked with devel­op­ing per­ma­nent reg­u­la­tions for this type of ADU.

While the inter­im ordi­nance adopt­ed dealt only with the con­ver­sion of exist­ing struc­tures with­in the same foot­print, upcom­ing meet­ings will also cov­er the cre­ation of ADUs as part of new con­struc­tion and the expan­sion of exist­ing struc­tures to add liv­ing areas.

The town plan­ning com­mis­sion is cur­rent­ly tasked with mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to the town coun­cil on issues such as den­si­ty, foot­print size, lot size, yard set­backs, util­i­ties, park­ing, and own­er-occu­pan­cy. A series of pub­lic meet­ings are antic­i­pat­ed in the upcom­ing months as the Town pro­pos­es new regulations.

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