On Monday, Oct. 5, the Lakewood City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposed code that would allow cottage-style housing in single-family zoning districts.
Generally speaking, cottage housing is a multi-unit housing development that features small detached units (generally 800 square feet to 1,500 square feet) arranged around a common open space area with congregate parking.
The proposed ordinance would allow cottage housing developments to exceed the base density otherwise allowed in the single-family zoning districts (R1 through R4), subject to special design and development standards and the approval of a conditional use permit.
The City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed cottage housing code in June. In September, the Planning Commission approved an amended resolution. Changes included:
- Increased the maximum unit size to 1,500 sq. ft. in order to accommodate a third bedroom;
- Provides that cottages are intended to be a maximum of 1-1/2 stories, not 2-stories. Any upper floor should be developed within the roof structure, not below the roof structure; and,
- Provides that developers must show a workable site plan using conventional development standards and addressing any environmental constraints in order to establish the base number of units that could be constructed under conventional zoning.
In June, an environmental review pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act took place and resulted in a “Determination of Non-Significance.”
The Lakewood City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.