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Building Codes

  • Snohomish County 2-Foot Rule Opt-In Process Released

    Posted on Feb 8, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On February 8, Snohomish County Planning and Development Services (PDS) implemented administrative procedures to accept opt-in requests for their revised grading regulations related to the 2-foot rule.
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  • Snohomish County Proposing Process Changes for Land Use Permit Decisions

    Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On January 22, the Snohomish County Planning Commission was briefed on a series of potential code amendments related to the appeals process, decision type consolidation, site plan process changes, and more.
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  • Snohomish County to Update PRD and LSA Provisions

    Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    Your association recently met with Snohomish County staff to discuss the county’s code writing project, which will update certain Planned Residential Development (PRD) and Lot Size Averaging provisions, which in some cases could result in greater lot yield.
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  • Snohomish County Eliminates Two-Foot Rule

    Posted on Jan 18, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    The Snohomish County Council has adopted ordinance 18-106 related to ground disturbing activities that eliminates the problematic two-foot rule. Included in the measure is an opt-in provision that allows existing applicants to take advantage of the new code.
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  • Snohomish County to Allow Pre-Application EDDS Deviations in 6-Month Pilot Project

    Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The program will go into effect January 1, 2019, and MBAKS will advocate for making it permanent.
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  • MBAKS Highlights Cottage Housing Ordinances, ADU Benefits

    Posted on Oct 16, 2018 in:
    • Built Green
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Issue Briefs
    • Advocacy
    On October 2, 2018, we took to social media to discuss the benefits of more flexible accessory dwelling unit (ADU) rules and various cottage housing ordinances throughout our two-county region.
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Environment

Growth Management

Housing Affordability

  • Olympia Update: Week 5; Committee Cut-off is Approaching

    Posted on Feb 21, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    The state legislature continues to hear and act on bills in advance of the February 22 committee cutoff date. Most committees have only one or two remaining meetings to act on pending legislation.
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  • Kat Sims Appointed to Seattle Mayor’s Advisory Council

    Posted on Feb 1, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims was selected to join Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's newly formed Affordable Middle-Income Housing Advisory Council what will identify tools to create more for-rent and for-sale homes that are affordable to Seattle’s middle-income wage earners.
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  • MBAKS Op-Ed Published in Seattle Times

    Posted on Jan 28, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Seattle Times has published a guest editorial by MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims, advocating for bold solutions to solve the region’s housing shortage. The op-ed calls for action on some of the key items on MBAKS’ legislative agenda.
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  • Regional Affordable Housing Task Force Recommendations Approved

    Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Final Report includes a five-year action plan that sets a countywide goal of producing 44,000 homes affordable to people earning 50 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and below by 2024.
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  • North Bend Considers New Medium Density Zone

    Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The North Bend Planning Commission is beginning study sessions (see pages 93–111) to consider the possibility of adopting a medium density housing zone to fill the needs of workforce or missing middle housing.
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  • MBAKS Event Showcases Need for More Housing

    Posted on Oct 25, 2018 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    With more than 220 in attendance, MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims kicked off the 2018 Housing Solutions Breakfast by unveiling the association’s Action Plan for Housing. These and other ideas discussed at the breakfast are intended to increase housing supply and eliminate unnecessary and costly hurdles to new home construction, without compromising environmental or consumer protections.
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Permitting

  • Snohomish County Pre-App Deviation Process Is Up and Running

    Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County’s pre-application EDDS deviation submittal process is now accepting requests for such deviations following the required 30.66B pre-submittal conference. Currently this is a 6-month pilot project that we hope becomes permanent.
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  • MBAKS Working to Reduce WSDOT Reviewer Assignment Timelines

    Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The agency stated that they hope to have worked through their project backlog by this summer. They also encouraged applicants to set up pre-submittal meeting with their staff.
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  • Alderwood Water and Wastewater Forms and Website Updated

    Posted on Jan 4, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Alderwood Water and Wastewater District has updated information and application forms to reflect recent GFC and fee updates. Updates include availability, fire flow, AWWD general notes, developer extension application, and new easement forms.
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  • State Supreme Court Win for Industry on LUPA, Tort Case

    Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    n August 9, the Washington State Supreme Court favorably ruled in the matter of Maytown Sand and Gravel v. Thurston County. An unfavorable ruling could have meant that a land use permit applicant would have to file a LUPA appeal on their own project as a prerequisite for a tort claim, even where the property owner was not adversely affected by the land use decision itself.
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Taxes and Fees

Vesting

  • Snohomish County Adopts Park Impact Fee Vesting Ordinance

    Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in:
    • Vesting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Snohomish County Council has unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance that vests park impact fees at the point of complete application. Review the complete ordinance, as well as the amendment related to vesting.
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Workforce Development

  • MBAKS Launches Workforce Development Resource

    Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Workforce Development
    • Advocacy
    The Puget Sound region is booming. Now more than ever, we need people to enter the skilled trades to build the housing, commercial space, infrastructure, and transportation projects necessary to accommodate our growing community.
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