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Building Codes

  • Marysville City Council Adopts Updates to Downtown Master Plan and MFTE

    Posted on Oct 1, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Builders Councils
    • DBIC
    • Building Codes
    This week, the Marysville City Council adopted updates to the city’s Downtown Master Plan (DMP) and Planned Action Ordinance (PAO). The DMP update expands the boundary and updates zoning and design standards.
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  • Snohomish County EDDS Changes Officially Adopted

    Posted on Sep 17, 2021 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Builders Councils
    The Snohomish County Engineer has signed EDDS changes sought by our association related to Chapters 1, 3, and 8 of the County’s Engineering Design and Development Standards, aimed at making more efficient road and pedestrian facility standards.
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  • Snohomish County Looks to Expand Development Agreement Options

    Posted on Sep 10, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Builders Councils
    The Snohomish County Council is working on code change provisions to potentially expand the use of development agreements to better address proposals that may be consistent with adopted County policies but are inconsistent with specific codes.
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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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Growth Management

  • Countywide Planning Policies Adopted by County Council

    Posted on Oct 1, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Builders Councils
    • DBIC
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    The Snohomish County Council has completed its consideration and adoption of Countywide Planning Policy (CPP) changes. The CPP’s form the foundation of the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update. Notable is that Council adopted the County Executive recommended version of the document and not that produced by Snohomish County Tomorrow.
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Housing Affordability

  • SeaTac Council Adopts Housing Action Plan

    Posted on Sep 17, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • RBC
    • AHC
    • Advocacy
    The SeaTac City Council adopted its final draft Housing Action Plan (HAP) on Tuesday, September 14.
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  • Seattle Builders Council Hears Condominium Law Presentation

    Posted on Sep 10, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Builders Councils
    • SBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    Seattle attorney Tim Wilson of Wilson Law Group of WA gave a presentation to the Seattle Builders Council (SBC) on current condominium law. This creates the unique opportunity to increase density and home ownership opportunities.
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  • Lumber Prices Are Through the Roof. Why?

    Posted on May 7, 2021 in:
    • RBC
    • DBIC
    • SBC
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry News
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The cost of lumber is up a staggering 280%. The cost of housing has increased significantly: constructing just one single-family home is now nearly $36,000 more expensive because of skyrocketing lumber prices. A variety of market conditions and consumer choices are driving shortages and increasing prices. This is on top of already higher lumber prices due to tariffs on Canadian lumber imports implemented in 2017.
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Permitting

  • Duvall Adopts Emergency Interim Sewer Connection Certificate Moratorium

    Posted on Sep 24, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Builders Councils
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    On Tuesday, September 21, the Duvall City Council adopted a citywide six-month interim emergency moratorium on the issuance of most sewer connection certificates.
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  • Kent Implements Procedure Change to Save Time

    Posted on Sep 17, 2021 in:
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    In an effort to cut permit wait times before the new electronic permitting system goes live in October, Kent’s reviewers will provide comments to applicants as soon as comments are prepared, upon request.
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  • Sammamish Sewer Connection Moratorium Expires

    Posted on Aug 27, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District allowed the sewer connection moratorium on the northern part of the city to expire on August 23. With the moratorium expired, the District is once again accepting sewer connections with an adjusted process.
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  • Kenmore Adopts Development Moratorium in TOD Overlay District

    Posted on Aug 27, 2021 in:
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    On August 16, the Kenmore City Council unanimously adopted an emergency six-month moratorium on the acceptance of permits for any development within the TOD District Overlay.
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Taxes and Fees

  • Snohomish County Adopts Updated Permit Fees

    Posted on Oct 1, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Builders Councils
    • DBIC
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    The Snohomish County Council recently adopted Ordinance 21-048 that updates Planning and Development Services permit fees. The update is part two of the fee update initiated earlier this year.
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  • MBAKS Testifies on Impacts of Rising Fees and Long Permit Timelines

    Posted on Sep 24, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    The Senate Housing & Local Govt Committee held a work session on Monday, Sept. 20, looking at, among other things, the rising cost to build housing caused by high fees and long permit timelines.
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  • MBAKS Opposes Proposed Sammamish Amended School Impact Fee

    Posted on Sep 3, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    On September 2, the Sammamish Planning Commission held a public hearing on proposed amendments to Chapter 21A.105 SMC – School Impact Fees, regarding the local impact percentage the developer contributes to the school impact fee calculation.
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  • Snohomish County Adjusts Final Lift Bond Calculations

    Posted on Aug 27, 2021 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    • DBIC
    Responding to MBAKS and member concerns over cost, Snohomish County Public Works has adjusted its final lift bond calculation worksheet and released the worksheet and other supporting documents.
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