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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • Olympia Update Week 13: Short Plat Bill in Trouble

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    The fate of this year’s Action Plan for Housing is coming down to the wire. The next looming cutoff date is Wednesday, April 17, when all bills must pass out of the House and Senate to remain alive.
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  • Amendment Authorizing Townhouse Unit Lot Subdivisions in Everett Advances

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    Amendment No. 8 proposes adding E-1 MUO, UR, UM, ULI zones to the new townhouse unit lot subdivisions code. There was no opposition from the public on first reading.
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  • Snohomish County LSA and PRD Changes Progressing

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    Positive changes to Snohomish County’s Lot Size Averaging (LSA) and Planned Residential Development (PRD) codes will be presented to the County Planning Commission Tuesday, April 23, with a public hearing scheduled for May 28.
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  • Seattle Homebuilders Win: Trash Bin Storage Area Remains the Same

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Late in 2018, your association was advised that Seattle Public Utilities was preparing to mandate larger storage areas for garbage, compost, and recycling bins, from 2’x6’ to 3’x6’—a 50% bigger area. The increase in this storage area would have made many tightly-constrained lots infeasible.
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  • Stanwood Reviewing Park Impact Fees

    Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The city’s park impact fee ordinance was last updated in December 2017, just over a year ago. While the fee is fairly new, council has asked staff to review the formula and costs associated with projects and what is the fairest distribution of those costs.
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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer