That may happen if the cottage housing ordnance passes second reading. First reading passed at the September 20 City Council meeting by a 4-2 vote. Council members Nicole Martineau, Tami Brouillet, Don Malloy, and Kathy Turner voted in support of the ordinance. Council members John Knutsen and Rick Hansen voted against it. Councilmember Kent Boyle was absent.
Cottage housing is billed as “innovative housing,” when in fact it is a way for developers to cram more houses onto smaller pieces of land.
It is touted as “providing a strong sense of community,” because all of the houses face each other and are packed so closely together. In fact, it will become transient housing where the homes are rented out as quickly as they can.
The ordinance allows for a one-car detached garage per house. So imagine, let’s say 10 houses on an acre. At a minimum, that’s 10 cars but being realistic it’s probably 20 cars. Can you imagine 20 cars next door to you and your family, coming out of a blacktop driveway onto your streets?
Our infrastructure is failing, yet some want to put even more stress on our sewers and pipes. If you are concerned about this type of housing, come to the next council meeting and let the council hear your thoughts.