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caption: Homes in Queen Anne are shown from the Aurora Bridge on Friday, October 27, 2017, in Seattle.
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Homes in Queen Anne are shown from the Aurora Bridge on Friday, October 27, 2017, in Seattle.
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Seattle's new backyard cottage rules 'best in America,' says advocate

Kim Malcolm talks with Sightline Institute senior researcher Dan Bertolet about Seattle's new rules for accessory dwelling units.

On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved new rules that will allow more backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in single family neighborhoods.

Under the new rules, homeowners will be able to build two ADUs on their lot. They also won't be required to provide off-street parking or live on the property.

Bertolet said these new rules will create more affordable options for people who are typically priced out of Seattle's single family neighborhoods.

Sightline is a progressive think-tank based in Seattle.

Listen to the interview by clicking the play button above.