The Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) represents over 30,000 Seattleites within a planning area encompassing boundaries defined by Dexter Ave on the east, Denny Way on the south, Elliott Ave on the west, and the Lake Washington Ship Canal on the north. The composition of our community includes a rich diversity of zoning designations, including Uptown, one of Seattle’s Urban Centers.
Over decades we have partnered with City Hall and regional partners to invite and accommodate growth and density, leveraging our unique location and assets including rich transit connections, Seattle Center, waterfront access and a significant diversity of housing choices.
Among committees that have met regularly for decades, the Land Use Review and Planning Committee (LURC) reviews projects of scale and provides community input to developers, owners and architects. In addition the committee often comments to City Hall and provides input to the West Design Review Board as well.
Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA, LURC Chair has a unique background that supports our appeal. Native to Seattle and principal of his architectural firm for four decades, he has served on a number of boards and commissions including the Seattle Planning Commission from 2004 to 2012. He is volunteering his time to help lead this appeal.
Among many city initiatives Marty worked on during his service on the Seattle Planning Commission, he was intimately involved in studying, analyzing, and authoring the current Backyard Cottage (DADU) legislation passed in 2010.
His background in helping to review professional studies and environmental impacts associated with codifying the current DADU/ADU regulations offers a unique perspective and strong foundation for appealing the City’s position that there are NO environmental impacts associated with converting almost every single family property in Seattle into duplex and triplex zoning.