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Building Codes

  • Amendment Authorizing Townhouse Unit Lot Subdivisions in Everett Advances

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    Amendment No. 8 proposes adding E-1 MUO, UR, UM, ULI zones to the new townhouse unit lot subdivisions code. There was no opposition from the public on first reading.
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  • Snohomish County LSA and PRD Changes Progressing

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    Positive changes to Snohomish County’s Lot Size Averaging (LSA) and Planned Residential Development (PRD) codes will be presented to the County Planning Commission Tuesday, April 23, with a public hearing scheduled for May 28.
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  • Seattle Homebuilders Win: Trash Bin Storage Area Remains the Same

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Late in 2018, your association was advised that Seattle Public Utilities was preparing to mandate larger storage areas for garbage, compost, and recycling bins, from 2’x6’ to 3’x6’—a 50% bigger area. The increase in this storage area would have made many tightly-constrained lots infeasible.
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  • Seattle City Council to Consider EV Readiness Legislation

    Posted on Mar 22, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    In an effort to make Seattle carbon-neutral, Mayor Jenny Durkan is promoting the use of electric vehicles and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure requirements.
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  • Seattle Requiring Curb Ramps on Corner Lots

    Posted on Mar 22, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    To increase pedestrian accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, Seattle recently changed the land use code to require curb ramps when new sidewalks are required as part of development projects—including new home construction—on corner lots.
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  • Seattle Issues Draft Rule on Yard, Setback, and Gross Floor Area

    Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    Your association submitted a comment letter this week, requesting changes that would support energy efficiency measures on the exterior of buildings and simplify how gross floor area is measured inside buildings.
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  • Snohomish County Two-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 two-foot rule.
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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 13: Short Plat Bill in Trouble

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    The fate of this year’s Action Plan for Housing is coming down to the wire. The next looming cutoff date is Wednesday, April 17, when all bills must pass out of the House and Senate to remain alive.
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  • MBAKS Supports Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan for Affordable Housing

    Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    Recognizing Seattle and King County have an affordable housing crisis, this week your association submitted a letter supporting new affordable housing development at Fort Lawton, a former Army Reserve Center in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood.
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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

  • On-Site Sewage System Services Now Available at KC Permitting in Snoqualmie

    Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    At the request of your association, Public Health—Seattle & King County is now providing in-person technical customer services for your on-site sewage system permitting at the Local Services Permits office in Snoqualmie on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 7:30–11:30 a.m.
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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

  • Stanwood Reviewing Park Impact Fees

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The city’s park impact fee ordinance was last updated in December 2017, just over a year ago. While the fee is fairly new, council has asked staff to review the formula and costs associated with projects and what is the fairest distribution of those costs.
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Vesting

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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