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Building Codes

  • 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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  • Final Environmental Impact Statement on Seattle’s Proposed ADU Ordinance Released

    Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) analyzing three alternatives and Council’s preferred alternative for adopting a proposed Attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (AADU) and Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) ordinance, was released on October 4, with a determination of no significant impact.
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Environment

  • Kirkland Tree Ordinance Amendment Update Underway

    Posted on Sep 28, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Environment
    • Advocacy
    The process is estimated to wrap up in February or March 2019. We are seeking slightly more time to work through these complicated and delicate issues together to arrive at the best ordinance.
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  • Seattle PLUZ Committee Extends Time to Consider Tree Ordinance

    Posted on Sep 7, 2018 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    At the September 5 Planning Land Use and Zoning Committee (PLUZ), Councilmember Rob Johnson announced there would be no action on proposed amendments to the ordinance until the end of 2018 or the first part of 2019, citing too many remaining gaps.
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Growth Management

  • Vision 2050 Update—Regional Growth Strategy

    Posted on Sep 14, 2018 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    As the four-county Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) prepares to update Vision 2040 to Vision 2050 (a “once-a decade” process) the focus is on what changes should be made to the existing Regional Growth Strategy (RGS). Counties and cities work together to decide where (and how much) growth should go to different “regional geographies."
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  • King County PRE Committee Recommends “Do Pass” on Comp Plan Update

    Posted on Sep 14, 2018 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This measure includes a proposal to restructure the comprehensive planning from an eight-year cycle to every four years, consolidating various county departments into one—Department of Local Service—and an increased focus on subarea planning.
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  • Puget Sound Region Remains a Magnet for Newcomers

    Posted on Aug 10, 2018 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) recently shared new population numbers, which show the four-county region (King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counites) added 67,860 people in the past year, the third highest single-year increase in the past two decades.
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  • Commerce to Release Buildable Land Report Guidance December 1

    Posted on Jul 27, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The Washington State Department of Commerce is scheduled to release its first updated guidance related to buildable lands reports December 1 of this year. Draft guidance may be available for review by stakeholders as early as August.
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Housing Affordability

Permitting

  • Who to Contact at Army Corps for Support With Tribal Permits

    Posted on Sep 14, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Army Corps of Engineers recently hosted MBAKS members to discuss best practices and coordination opportunities relative to tribal Section 106 permits. Members also had the opportunity to visit directly with nine new Corps project managers in the Seattle District office.
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  • City of Everett Adopts Metro Upzone and Downtown Comprehensive Plan

    Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Your association has worked with the city to maximize the intended benefits in the downtown upzone. City staff has held multiple developer forums and been very responsive to feedback.
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  • State Supreme Court Win for Industry on LUPA, Tort Case

    Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    n August 9, the Washington State Supreme Court favorably ruled in the matter of Maytown Sand and Gravel v. Thurston County. An unfavorable ruling could have meant that a land use permit applicant would have to file a LUPA appeal on their own project as a prerequisite for a tort claim, even where the property owner was not adversely affected by the land use decision itself.
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Taxes and Fees

  • Covington Updates School Fees for 2019

    Posted on Sep 28, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Covington City Council has adopted Kent School District’s updated Capital Facilities Plan and fee schedule for 2019, with an increase of 3.1% in school impact fees.
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  • PSE Updates Line Extension Policy

    Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Puget Sound Energy has revised its electric line extension costs and margin allowance amounts, effective Nov. 1, 2018. The changes will not affect projects with agreements in place or under construction prior to Nov. 1.
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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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Workforce Development

  • Snohomish County Launches Young Adult Workforce Website

    Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in:
    • Workforce Development
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Youthworks is a collaboration between Workforce Snohomish, Snohomish STEM, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Everett Community College, Cocoon House, and WorkSource. Businesses can post job openings immediately.
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