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Building Codes

  • Energy and Building Code Implementation Delayed Until July 1

    Posted on Jan 8, 2021 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The main reasons for the delays are the impacts of COVID-19 and concerns about implementation challenges in local jurisdictions. In preparation for the coming changes, BIAW continues to offer their virtual “Significant Changes to the 2018 Codes” class.
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  • Seattle Implementation of 2018 Codes Is March 15, 2021

    Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • SBC
    The 2018 editions of the State Building and Energy codes become effective on Feb. 1, 2021. Seattle is the exception, with an implementation date of March 15, 2021. Please keep this date in mind if you wish to submit permit applications and vest to the current code.
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  • Everett City Council Adopts Rethink Zoning

    Posted on Nov 6, 2020 in:
    • DBIC
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Rethink Zoning was a multiyear initiative to update, consolidate, and simplify the city’s zoning code by building on the success of the Metro Everett Plan. MBAKS submitted comments supporting the positive changes in the amendments and asking the city to continue the work on other pro-housing measures.
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  • Snohomish County Phase I EDDS Changes in Effect November 1

    Posted on Oct 30, 2020 in:
    • DBIC
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    Areas where changes were made include object height, trenches, allowing sidewalks in easements, design speed, elbow intersections, stopping sight distance, and more.
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  • Inslee Extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order to May 4; Building and Energy Code Implementation Delayed Until Nov 1

    Posted on Apr 3, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    Unfortunately, most homebuilding remains classified as a non-essential business. MBAKS continues to reach out to the governor’s office asking for further guidance to safely bring more residential construction back online.
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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

  • Kirkland Approves Sustainability Master Plan

    Posted on Dec 11, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Built Green
    • Environment
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    The plan has been in development since January 2019 and is intended to be a roadmap to identify best practices that allow Kirkland’s sustainability strategies to be implemented and measured. MBAKS and the Built Green team have been involved throughout the process.
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  • Edmonds Posts Tree Code Update Page

    Posted on Nov 13, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Environment
    • Advocacy
    The city of Edmonds has created a web page for interested persons to follow and participate in the update of its tree code. The city has taken the unfortunate step of adopting a four-month development moratorium until the project is complete.
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Taxes and Fees

  • Everett City Council Adopts Amended Traffic Mitigation Fee Increase

    Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    The city has not revised its traffic fees since 2014 and will increase its traffic fee to $3,994 per p.m. peak hour trip (up from $2,400). The ordinance would also change the inflation index that the fee is annually adjusted by.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts New Road Impact Fee

    Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    Your association successfully negotiated a two-year phase-in of the fee in transportation service areas (TSA) where there will be an increase: 50% in the first year and the remaining 50% set to go into effect February 1, 2022.
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  • Marysville City Council Approves Increases to School Impact Fees

    Posted on Nov 13, 2020 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • DBIC
    Marysville, Lake Stevens, and Lakewood School Districts all serve Marysville. Marysville School District impact fees will remain at $0.00. However, there are substantial increases to the Lake Stevens and Lakewood fees.
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