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Building Codes

  • Shoreline Adopts Prescriptive Townhouse Regulations, Effective Jan. 14

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    The townhouse design standards and amendments will make it very difficult to build new townhomes in the city without lot assemblage. Requirements were added for outdoor space, landscaping, solid waste collection, and site configuration.
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  • 2018 Energy and Building Code Changes Now Available

    Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Barring any changes by the legislature, the new codes take effect July 1, 2020. Please note, BIAW has begun scheduling classes covering significant changes to the 2018 codes. Space is limited and members are encouraged to register today
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  • Issaquah to Overhaul Title 18 Land Use Code

    Posted on Dec 13, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This update is extensive and will likely affect all properties in the city. The current code, originally adopted in 1996, has been modified annually and become a patchwork that is hard to follow, with repetition and obsolete references.
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  • Burien Strengthens ADU Ordinance

    Posted on Dec 6, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Burien no longer requires owner occupancy of the primary residence when leasing or owning an ADU, making ADU leasing or ownership more flexible.
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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

  • Up for Growth Report Reaffirms We Are Not Building Enough Housing

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    Up for Growth released its report, Housing Underproduction in Washington State, which details our state’s 225,000-home shortage and highlights policies needed to achieve higher density and more housing choices.
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  • Snohomish County Council Briefed on CPP Process and Schedule

    Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The CPPs are an integral part of the 2023 Comprehensive Plan update and are crucial in determining whether the next comprehensive plan update makes available more land or not.
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  • Lake Stevens City Council Adopts Comprehensive Plan Docket

    Posted on Nov 27, 2019 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    MBAKS staff testified on issues pertaining to the land use element by applauding the inclusion of multifamily uses in the city’s waterfront residential and expressing concerns on the potential impacts of medium density residential areas switching from “gross” to “net” density.
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Housing Affordability

Permitting

Taxes and Fees

Workforce Development

  • Ribbon Cutting Held for Apprenticeship Program in Marysville

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Workforce Development
    • Advocacy
    In the coming semester, students in the program will be learning important building skills and constructing a cottage for a low-income family in need of a home. Skilled trades professions are vitally important and we are happy to be a community stakeholder in this program.
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