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Building Codes

  • Mountlake Terrace Reviews Town Center Plan Update

    Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Interested members have been involved in a work group focused on increasing viable development opportunities in the zone, including better code to enable townhouse development.
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  • Covington Discusses Short Plat Thresholds and Administrative Approval

    Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    This week, the Covington Planning Commission was introduced and briefed on two measures—one to increase short plat threshold from four to nine lots, and another that would allow for administrative approval of final long plats.
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  • Seattle Mayor Issues Executive Order on ADUs

    Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order directing city departments to help homeowner efforts to add Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to their properties by lowering red tape and expenses.
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  • Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves ADU Reform Legislation

    Posted on Jul 3, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    The Seattle City Council voted July 1 to unanimously approve the long-awaited accessory dwelling unit (ADU) reform legislation. We’ve heard from many members that they have clients interested in building an ADU but have been awaiting the outcome of this legislation.
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  • Lake Stevens City Council Approves Changes to Streets and Sidewalks Code

    Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    This is a city-initiated code amendment to update Chapter 14.56 LSMC Streets and Sidewalks. This chapter addresses right-of-way issues, including how the city’s street network should be built out, what types of developments are required to build sidewalks and other frontage improvements, and how deviations from the approved EDDS are granted.
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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

  • Snohomish County Releases 2023 Comp Plan Update Background Paper

    Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The report serves as a guide to what the update does and the process to get there. Topics include key planning policies that guide the plan, existing conditions, and more.
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  • PSRC Releases Draft Growth Plan to Public

    Posted on Jul 19, 2019 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    By 2050, the four-county region of King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap is expected to add 1.8 million people, reaching a total population of 5.8 million. An anticipated 1.2 million more jobs are forecast by 2050.
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  • Snohomish County Buildable Land Report Update Underway

    Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County Tomorrow received an update recently on Snohomish County’s Buildable Lands Report—which is scheduled for completion and adoption by June 2021. The Report is a key component of the 2023 Comprehensive Plan Update.
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  • MBAKS Supports Funds to Improve I-5

    Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Over the next 20 years, it is estimated that more than $4 billion is needed to maintain I-5 roadways, bridges, and pavement. Urban and rural communities (and economies) served by this section of I-5 include more than four million residents, or 60% of the state’s population.
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  • Bellevue Hearing Examiner Gives Thumbs Up to Energize Eastside

    Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The action marks a major milestone in a years-long effort to build a new substation and upgrade existing transmission lines to what PSE considers the “backbone” of its Eastside electric grid.
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  • PSRC Approves Arlington-Marysville Industrial Center Designation

    Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Going forward, the area will be known as the Cascade Industrial Center. The approval allows access to federal grants for investments and infrastructure in the area.
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Housing Affordability

  • Department of Commerce Releases Housing Memo

    Posted on Jul 19, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This memo addresses barriers to housing production and affordability in Washington and provides 46 tools aimed at assisting local governments in improving housing affordability.
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Permitting

  • Seattle Announces New Demolition Permit Application Process

    Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    As of August 8, you must apply for a demolition permit as a standalone permit. Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection (SDCI) will no longer accept combined construction/demolition applications. The changes were made based on feedback from builders.
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  • SDCI Updates Seattle Council Members on Permit Backlog

    Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    SDCI Director Nathan Torgelson, recently made a presentation in front of the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee to update Council Members on the existing permit backlog and what the department is doing to address it.
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Taxes and Fees

  • Stanwood Planning Commission Discusses Potential Park Impact Fee Changes

    Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The proposed increase is based upon the city’s aggressive 2019–2024 Park Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which proposes over $8 million in projects and acquisitions. Staff presented commissioners four options.
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  • Issaquah Discusses Update to Impact and Mitigation Fees

    Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This update will include fire and traffic impact fees, as well as bike and pedestrian, police, and general government building mitigation fees. Cumulatively, this proposal will result in a $3,305.87 increase for single family and $1,914.77 for multifamily.
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Workforce Development