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Building Codes

 

Environment

  • MBAKS Urging Members to Comment on Proposed Tree Rule in Seattle

    Posted on Jul 31, 2020 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • SBC
    • Advocacy
    The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has published Draft of the Director’s Rule (13-2020), regarding exceptional and significant trees. (Updated August 6)
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  • Redmond Proposal Could Revise Tree Protection Regulation

    Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    Redmond's tree protection regulations have not had a comprehensive review since they were adopted in 1998. Redmond is in the process of obtaining community and stakeholder feedback to determine if these regulations need modifications and are achieving their goals in the context of urban growth.
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Growth Management

 

Housing Affordability

  • Redmond Completes Housing Needs Assessment

    Posted on Jul 31, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    The HSA assesses existing inventory and underproduction; future demand, needs, and gaps; and housing market dynamics. The HSA will be used by staff and lawmakers to adopt a Housing Action Plan.
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  • Newcastle City Council Modifies Planning Commission Workplan

    Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in:
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    The Newcastle Planning Commission’s workplan for 2020 included development of an ordinance that would prohibit or discourage multifamily uses in the R1-R6 zoning districts. On July 21, the City Council voted to modify the Planning Commission’s workplan to remove this action item.
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  • Mercer Island Eliminates MFTE Program

    Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in:
    • RBC
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Citing budget constraints due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mercer Island City Council voted to end the Multifamily Property Tax Exemption program that assists in the production of affordable housing.
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  • MBAKS Joins Redmond Housing Action Plan Focus Group

    Posted on Jul 2, 2020 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • RBC
    The focus group will help shape the plan by discussing the availability of housing in Redmond, determine top housing issues, determine challenges and opportunities for building housing, and identify what’s working and not in the permitting process for developing housing.
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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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Permitting

 

Taxes and Fees

 

Workforce Development

  • MBAKS Signs on to Support Continued RAP Funding

    Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in:
    • Workforce Development
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    RAP is a pre-apprenticeship program in Snohomish County that provides an opportunity for high school students and young adults to gain hands-on training in the building and construction trades. Funding for the program is set to expire next year.
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