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Building Codes

  • Redmond Amends Building and Fire Codes

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • RBC
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Amendments to the City’s Building Code Ordinance and Fire Code Ordinance align with current State standards. In addition, the City amended fees to provide for fire permits associated with the adoption of the 2018 Redmond Fire Code.
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  • Pre-Approved DADU Plans Are Now Available on ADUniverse

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • SBC
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This new website features pre-approved backyard cottage designs, a step-by-step guide to the ADU process, and data on the feasibility of building a DADU on your lot. By using a pre-approved design, homeowners can expect to get their permit in two to six weeks and save about $1,500 in permit fees.
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  • Kenmore Adopts Changes to ADU Regulations

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • RBC
    Highlights of the proposal include six-month owner-occupancy requirement, no minimum lot sizes, and no parking requirement.
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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 Considers Assertive Sustainability Master Plan

    Posted on Sep 25, 2020 in:
    • Built Green
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    The SMP proposes, among others, strongly encouraging all Council-approved Development Agreements, Planned Unit Developments, and Master Plans to be High-Performing Green Buildings, Electric Vehicle-Ready, and no longer be constructed with pipeline gas.
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  • Redmond Approves Environmental Sustainability Master Plan

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    The Plan includes reducing community-wide emissions by 80% by 2050, with an aspiring community-wide carbon neutrality target by 2050. It identifies 24 strategies and 169 actions, categorized into six key sustainability focus areas.
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  • WRIA 7 Watershed Draft Plan Released

    Posted on Sep 4, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Environment
    The plan will encapsulate the entire WREC’s work and cover items such as consumptive use estimates, water offset projects, adaptive management, and policy recommendations. Policies being discussed include a volunteer pilot program for metering permit-exempt wells and ways to encourage water service connections.
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Growth Management

  • King County to Begin Growth Target Setting Process

    Posted on Sep 25, 2020 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    The process will begin with a countywide meeting in October, date yet to be determined. Additional meetings through 2020 will be scheduled. MBAKS will be following these meetings, as well as continuing to work with individual jurisdictions.
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  • Arlington City Council Approves Docket Zoning Changes

    Posted on Sep 25, 2020 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    The city stated that the changes are necessary to correctly identify the housing capacities of current residential zones and to provide the correct tools to enable “feathering” of residential capacities by creating additional residential zones.
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  • Snohomish County Presents on Comprehensive Plan Update

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Growth Management
    • DBIC
    Key takeaways from the review include preliminary population forecast numbers supplied by PSRC. The State Office of Financial Management will supply in 2022 official numbers that will be used.
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Housing Affordability

  • Burien Moving Forward With Housing Action Plan

    Posted on Sep 25, 2020 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • RBC
    Between 2013 and 2020, Burien’s average two-bedroom rents increased 45%, while median sales prices increased 103%. Burien has the second-highest home prices in the South King County subregion.
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  • MBAKS Joins Partners in Launching Coalition for More Housing Choices

    Posted on Sep 25, 2020 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This week, your association joined with regional leaders, civic organizations, businesses, labor, and nonprofits in announcing a new coalition formed to advocate for a shared and defined vision for housing in our region.
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  • Lake Stevens Planning Commission Discusses MFTE Code Amendment

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    Projects in target areas that plan to build market-rate multifamily units would be eligible for the eight-year exemption; those that construct 20% of those units as low-to-moderate income would be eligible for the 12-year exemption.
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  • ​PRESS RELEASE: Housing Choices Toolkit Released to Assist With Local Planning

    Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Built Green
    • Issue Briefs
    • Advocacy
    • Press Releases
    • MBAKS News
    Toolkit offers proven policies to help create more housing choices so current residents, newcomers, and future generations can find a home that best fits their lives
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  • NAHB Releases Priced-Out Estimates for 2020

    Posted on Feb 7, 2020 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    NAHB’s latest report estimates that for every $1,000 increase in the price of home in the Seattle/Bellevue/Tacoma market, 1,161 people are priced out, meaning they no longer quality for a mortgage after the price increase.
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Taxes and Fees