Council OKs accessory dwelling units 6-0

Published on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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Many Blaine residents now have the ability to build a separate living unit on their property if they choose to do so.

In their regular meeting Monday, Blaine City Council approved an amendment to the city’s building code that will allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in certain zoned areas throughout the city.

The ADUs, which include cottages, bungalows and garage apartments, will be allowed in the area known as the lettered streets area, which is north of H Street and east of the freeway, as well a zoned area mostly comprised of the Salishan and Brickyard neighborhoods.

Several residents showed up to support the proposal, including Janet Pickard, president of the Salishan neighborhood group.
“The main reason is it diversifies the housing stock, it provides more options for people to live in, and that’s a good thing,” said Blaine planning director Michael Jones.

Newly-appointed Alan Black abstained from voting citing his limited background knowledge on the proposal.