City Council passed Council Bill (CB) 120588 on June 13. CB 120588 imposes a six-month moratorium on the filing, acceptance, processing, and approval of applications to replace an existing vessel that has been certified as a floating on-water residence (FOWR). A FOWR is a category of floating residence created by state law in 2014. Since 2014, the number of FOWRs in Seattle has increased as has the potential for impacts to fish and wildlife habitat associated with increased size of over-water coverage and grey water discharges. CB 120588 also approves a work program for developing permanent regulations for FOWRs.
Additional information regarding this legislation is available on the City Clerk’s legislation webpage.