Middle Housing

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Missing Middle Walking Tour

Planning Commission is hosting a second Middle Housing Tour of the historic Lower Maywood neighborhood just north of downtown.
While we will be touring the same locations as last year, progress on our Middle Housing Strategy and new perspectives will make for an interesting and lively discussion. Please join if you're able!
Meeting at City Hall Plaza
Friday, September 16, 2022
12:30 p.m. (approx. 90 mins)

*please note, this is NOT a City sponsored event

Walking Tour Map

The City of Kenmore is hosting some events regarding Middle Housing conversations in their City.

"Missing Middle" Housing Presentation
by Karen Parolek from Opticos Design
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Online at https://kenmorewa-gov.zoom.us/j/83443034254 or the presentation also can be viewed at Kenmore City Hall 

Kenmore City Council Public Hearing
Monday, September 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
In-person at Kenmore City Hall and online at https://kenmorewa-gov.zoom.us/j/83352870241 

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What is Middle Housing?

"Missing Middle Housing is a range of house-scale buildings with multiple units--compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes--located in a walkable neighborhood." - Opticos Design


In this diagram from Opticos, you can see that there are many different types of Middle Housing options both in size and building type. The City of Bothell is specifically discussing duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, cottage housing, and accessory dwelling units. Middle housing can be provided in a transitional zone between Single Family and Multi-family zones, or scattered throughout many traditional residential areas.

Housing-type definitions:

What do we mean when we say "house sized building" in single family zones? Structures that have the same height and setback regulations as single-family homes.

What is an ADU? Accessory dwelling units, sometimes referred to as “granny flats” or “mother-in-law apartments,” are relatively small dwelling units that are accessory to a primary allowed use, like a single family home. Currently, ADUs are only allowed with single-family homes except in the Downtown Subarea, where they could also be accessory to a multifamily unit, like a townhome. Detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs) are sometimes referred to as “backyard cottages.”

What is a duplex? Structure with 2 independent dwelling units. These could be side by side, stacked, or front to back attached units.

What is a triplex? Structure with 3 independent dwelling units. These could be side by side, stacked, or front to back attached units.

What is a fourplex? Structure with 4 independent dwelling units. These could be side by side, stacked, or front to back attached units. 

What is cottage housing? These tend to be smaller scale, detached single family units, built around a shared common courtyard or outdoor space.

What are townhomes? Side by side attached units that often have multiple stories and individual entrances.

Have questions or comments?

Send us an email at imaginebothell@bothellwa.gov.