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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 30, 2008

Planning Commission to weigh new "megahouse" regs

The Bellevue Planning Commission will consider Wednesday, June 4, whether to support new regulations designed to limit the impacts of large new homes in existing neighborhoods. Staff will host an open house at City Hall about the regulations right before the meeting.

The open house is set for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 1E-109 in City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE. The Planning Commission meeting will be in the City Council Conference Room, starting at 6:30.

As part of the city's Neighborhood Character initiative, the Commission will discuss options for addressing some neighbors’ concerns about loss of sunlight and privacy when homes are torn down and replaced by much larger new ones, which critics often call "megahomes." 

Among the options to be discussed in the Commission meeting are:

  • Floor Area Ratio -- should the size of the single-family home be in proportion to the size of the lot?
  • Side setbacks -- should very large homes be set back farther from adjacent homes?
  • Daylight plane and/or second story step-back -- should the second floors of very large houses be constructed in a way that preserves neighboring homes' access to sunlight?

The proposals – discussed in previous Commission meetings -- include regulations affecting tree preservation in subdivisions, the placement of mechanical equipment on single-family lots, construction hours for remodels and additions, and maintenance of vacated houses and abandoned building sites.

Recommendations made by the Planning Commission on Wednesday will be presented to the City Council later this summer. The Neighborhood Character page offers more details about the issue.

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