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Building Codes

  • Snohomish County Releases ADU Ordinance

    Posted on Mar 26, 2021 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County Planning and Development Services has submitted its accessory dwelling unit code change proposal to the County Council. The ordinance has already gone through the Planning Commission and will be briefed before the Council before a public hearing is set.
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  • SeaTac Further Reduces Parking Requirements

    Posted on Mar 26, 2021 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    In an attempt to further spur homebuilding, City Council approved amendments to Chapter 15 of the SeaTac Municipal Code (SMC), allowing residential developments located within the City Center Overlay District to reduce the number of required parking spaces by up to 35%.
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  • Snohomish County Council Passes Lot Coverage Increase Ordinance

    Posted on Mar 19, 2021 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    This week the Snohomish County Council unanimously passed MBAKS priority legislation related to lot coverage increases. The Council also adopted an amendment making the ordinance apply retroactively to existing applications.
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  • Councilmember Mosqueda Speaks at Seattle Builders Council

    Posted on Mar 5, 2021 in:
    • SBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    Councilmember at-large and Chair of the Housing Committee (Vice-Chair of Land Use Committee) Teresa Mosqueda, spoke this week at the SBC meeting. She spoke about the dire need to address the "missing middle" housing crisis in Seattle and how townhomes are a huge part of that equation.
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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

  • Lake Stevens Council Approves Southeast Interlocal Annexation

    Posted on Mar 26, 2021 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Lake Stevens City Council approved the city’s proposed Southeast Interlocal Annexation. Before the annexation can be effective, the County Council will need to adopt an ordinance to approve the ILA and the boundary review board process will need to be carried out. The proposed effective date is May 28, 2021.
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  • Redmond Adopts New Housing Action Plan

    Posted on Mar 19, 2021 in:
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    In the fall of 2019, Redmond applied for grant funding through state Commerce for the development of a Housing Action Plan, intended to incentivize cities to increase the variety of housing types available and increase urban residential density. On March 16, Redmond City Council approved the final Housing Action Plan.
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Permitting

  • Sammamish Sewer Connection Moratorium Remains in Place

    Posted on Apr 2, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District (District) held a public hearing on March 29 on the 90-day emergency sewer connection moratorium. During the meeting, no decision was made to lift or extend the moratorium which remains in effect until May 24, 2021.
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Taxes and Fees

  • Kent Adopts Park Impact Fee

    Posted on Mar 19, 2021 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Kent City Council adopted a park impact fee of $3,282 per single family dwelling unit and $2,451 per multi-family dwelling unit. After MBAKS and interested members met with city staff during ordinance development, the adopted ordinance includes amendments to help offset the new cost. The park impact fee will take effect in mid-April.
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