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Building Codes

  • Seattle Releases DEIS on Accessory Dwelling Units

    Posted on May 25, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The city of Seattle has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). If you’re interested in commenting, there are several ways.
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  • Snohomish County Passes Multifamily, TDR Ordinance

    Posted on May 25, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Snohomish County Council adopted a revised version of Ordinance 18-026 that allows for very high multifamily density with the use of Transfer Development Rights (TDR) credits.
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  • Seattle City Council Approves Significant Changes to Parking Requirements

    Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The Seattle City Council has approved an ordinance making significant amendments to parking requirements, the definition of “frequent transit service,” and off-street parking, to name a few. The controversial legislation passed 7-1, with Councilmember Lisa Herbold voting no.
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  • Changes to WA Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act Effective July 1, 2018

    Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On March 27, 2018, legislation was signed into law that will result in significant changes to the law governing Common Interest Communities (CICs) and paperwork requirements for homebuilders. The new law takes effect July 1. It is important that members review the documents that will be used after July 1, 2018.
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  • Lake Stevens Approves Model Home Ordinance Amendments

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On March 27, Lake Stevens City Council passed language improving a previously limited model home ordinance.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts Pedestrian Facility Ordinance

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The Snohomish County Council has passed ordinance 17-061, making changes to pedestrian facility code. Your association and interested members worked hard over the course of several months to make sure it didn’t negatively impact projects.
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  • Snohomish County Approves Final Lift Changes

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted ordinance 18-018, making positive changes to final lift provisions. The measure allows for deferred installation of private road improvements.
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  • Auburn City Council Passes Ordinance to Allow Irrigation in ROW

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, March 5, the Auburn City Council unanimously adopted ordinance 6672, allowing private irrigation systems in the public right-of-way. This ordinance was drafted in response to member concerns related to the ongoing maintenance of the plantings and landscape strips in the public ROW.
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Environment

Growth Management

  • Sammamish Moving Forward With Transportation Management and Housing Strategy Plans

    Posted on May 11, 2018 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Lyman Howard, Sammamish city manager, is moving forward with the development of both a Transportation Management Plan and a Housing Strategy Plan as the city council focuses simultaneously on traffic concurrency.
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  • Granite Falls Earns State Grant to Fund Sewer Lift Design

    Posted on Apr 27, 2018 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The City of Granite Falls recently adopted a six-month sewer moratorium to allow for design to accommodate additional capacity. A Washington state grant has been received to help with those efforts.
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  • King County Proposes 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update

    Posted on Apr 6, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The King County Council’s Planning, Rural Service, and Environment Committee (PRE), chaired by Councilmember Kathy Lambert, was briefed on King County Executive Constantine’s proposed 2018 update to the 2016 King County Comprehensive Plan (ordinance 2018-0153).
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  • MBAKS and REALTORS Call for Changes in Vision 2050

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • MBAKS News
    MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims and Russell Hokanson, chief executive officer of the Seattle King County REALTORS, collaborated on an op-ed about the Vision 2050 process calling for a revised growth allocation process that is more accurate and reflects actual growth patterns.
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  • MBAKS Weighs in on Update to Vision 2040

    Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in:
    • MBAKS News
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is undertaking a two-year process to update to Vision 2040 (called Vision 2050), which will help guide region-wide planning in the four counties for years to come. Your association is already engaged in the process.
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  • Sammamish City Council Adopts Traffic Concurrency Model

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish City Council adopted a resolution directing staff to begin work on a traffic concurrency model focusing on the level of service (LOS) of intersections.
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Housing Affordability

  • Final State Legislative Report from Olympia

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    With the 2018 state legislative session now adjourned, you can read our final legislative update for the fate of proposed bills, likely initiatives to come forward this year, and, finally, a look ahead to next year.
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Permitting

  • Renton Imposes Moratorium in Commercial Arterial Zone on Townhome Development

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, June 4, the Renton City Council voted to impose an emergency moratorium on townhome development in the Commercial Arterial (CA) zone. The CA zone currently allows for a variety of retail sales, services, and other commercial activities, including residential uses through mixed-use building and townhome development.
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  • Snohomish County to Allow Pre-Submittal Deviation Requests

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County will soon allow land use applicants to make deviation requests before their application submittals. The common-sense measure will create much more certainty for members and expedite permit processing.
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  • King County Clarifies Final Plat Approval Process

    Posted on May 25, 2018 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    At the May Residential Builders Council meeting, a question came up related to the implementation of the recently adopted ordinance allowing administrative approval of final plats in King County. After internal discussion, King County staff came back with good news.
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  • City of Issaquah Lifts Development Moratorium

    Posted on May 25, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The City of Issaquah lifted the last portion of a development moratorium on May 21, 2018, in its Central District.
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  • King County Adopts Administrative Approval Ordinance

    Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, April 16, the King County Council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2017-0436, allowing for administrative approval of final plats. This measure will bring greater predictability and efficiency to the permit process by reducing unnecessary delays at final plat approval.
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  • Snohomish County Health District Launches Online Application Portal

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    This week, Snohomish Health District Administrator Jeff Ketchel and his staff detailed the District’s new online portal at MBAKS’s monthly DBIC meeting.
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  • North Bend City Council Ends Cottage Housing Development Moratorium

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The North Bend City Council lifted the development moratorium on cottage housing at their March 6, 2018 council meeting after adopting new code regulations for cottage housing.
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  • Maple Valley Adopts Administrative Approval of Final Plats

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, the Maple Valley City Council voted to adopt an ordinance to allow for administrative approval of final long plats, with an effective date of March 28.
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  • Sammamish City Council Extends Development Moratorium

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish City Council extended the development moratorium at a public hearing on March 6, 2018. The moratorium was set to expire on April 2.
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Taxes and Fees

  • CFC Stormwater Fee Increase in North Bend

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    The North Bend City Council has adopted an increase in “Capital Facilities Charges” (CFC) stormwater fees, from $870 to $2,526 per “Equivalent Service Unit” (ESU) with an annual increase or decrease on January 1 of each year.
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  • AWWD Adopts Reduced Flat Fee GFC Increase

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, June 4, Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) Commissioners adopted staff-proposed flat rate increases. Your association worked with staff to amend the previously proposed, significantly higher 1” fee.
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  • Kent City Council Adopts Cap to School Impact Fees

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Tuesday June 5, the Kent City Council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance to cap the collection of school fees at $8,229 for single family and $8,386 for multifamily.
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  • AWWD Substantially Lowers Proposed GFC Increases

    Posted on May 25, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    At a recent Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) Board of Commissioner’s meeting, staff recommended adoption of a flat 1” rate for all residential connections of $2,892, a savings of $4,339 per connection.
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  • Duvall Adopts Changes in Calculation of Traffic Impact Fee

    Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Public Works Director Boyd Benson proposed at the April 17 city council hearing that the city approve a resolution authorizing the traffic impact fee to be adjusted by using a three-year rolling average of the Engineering News-Record Construction Cost Index.
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  • MBAKS Weighs in on Seattle’s Ill-Advised “Employee Hours Tax”

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    MBAKS submitted a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Durkan asking them to oppose the so-called Employee Hours Tax, more often referred to as a “head tax.”
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  • Snohomish County School Impact Fee Caps Expire March 31

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    For those building homes within the Snohomish County side of the Northshore School District, you are reminded that the current $7,000 cap on school impact fees expires March 31. Beginning April 1, the fee will increase to $10,563 for single family homes.
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  • Snohomish County Fee Surcharge Proposal Defeated

    Posted on Feb 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Snohomish County Council unanimously killed its own credit card fee surcharge ordinance. The measure would have tacked on 2.5% to permits and other fees paid by builders and others.
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Vesting

  • Snohomish County School Impact Fee Vesting Ordinance Introduced

    Posted on May 18, 2018 in:
    • Vesting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Snohomish County Council has introduced proposed ordinance 18-036, a first-of-its-kind measure that would vest school impact fees for five years from time of complete application. This is your association’s top Snohomish County legislative priority for 2018.
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Workforce Development