April 21, 2022     RE: SMC 17C.300: ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS – REVIEW AND SUGGESTED UPDATES Dear Spokane Planning, Ms. Murphy, Plan Commission, and Councilmembers:   Thank you for your work in implementing the city’s Housing Action Plan, and for moving the needle forward on greater housing supply. As you’re well aware, there is a critical need to increase housing supply in Spokane. We are simply failing at producing the needed numbers that will result in 6,791 new units by 2037 (or 400+ units per year) per the City’s 2020 Housing Needs Assessment. Unless bold changes are made, then we will continue to push would-be home-owners and renters, and community members to the margins. Please consider moving quickly in adopting and codifying relaxed and flexible standards for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as a preliminary, ‘low-hanging fruit’, opportunity. I would encourage the Plan Commission and City Council to ratify polices suggested by in RCW 36.70A.600(1)(n),(o),(p),(q

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  Hello World!  Spokane needs housing... and fast!  There are no easy answers, and there's a wide range of options, and opinions on how we make up for the estimated county-wide backlog of over 30,000 units.  GrannyFlatsSpokane (GFS for short) is a platform for ideas. There are many questions, and currently a lack of solutions.  How does the Spokane community increase  housing - and grow its population - without jeopardizing quality of life? How do decisions on where, what type, and how much housing affect neighborhood character? How can the right development "framework" (think design standards, zoning, transportation, utilities and services) actually improve the quality of life for existing, and new, residents?  These are the issues which GrannyFlatsSpokane would like to explore!  Would you join me?  Please send your comments and ideas to . I'd love to hear from you.   Cheers! - Ryan