Houseboat owners on Lake Union and other state waters would be able to stay in their homes if a Senate bill passes.
Owners on Lake Union became worried about what it could mean for them when the city of Seattle started drafting new shorelines policies three years ago and questions came up about whether houseboats were a good use of limited marina space.
Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, sponsored a 2011 bill to provide grandfathered protection to floating homes, but left out houseboats. Floating homes are usually stationary and connected to utilities and sewer, while houseboats have a means of propulsion.
Pederson said he didnt understand what kinds of structures were down there and unintentionally excluded live-aboard vessels and barges.
People who regulate shorelines, he said, have now assumed that local governments should not accommodate movable houseboats.
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