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Ruling means city can consider easing limits on backyard cottages, mother-in-law apartments

May 14, 2019 - The Seattle Times

A legal ruling Monday should clear the way for the Seattle City Council to consider easing restrictions on backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments, also known as accessory-dwelling units.

The city's environmental review of the potential changes was adequate, deputy hearing examiner Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman decided, dismissing a legal challenge brought by a neighborhood group.

Councilmember Mike O'Brien has for years been working to loosen regulations on accessory units, descri...