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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • 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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  • Snohomish County Docket Deadline Is Oct. 30

    Posted on Feb 7, 2020 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Any land swap, urban growth area expansion, or other significant land use change must be applied for by that date. It is already known that some cities such as Arlington and Monroe will be bringing forward such requests.
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  • Snohomish County Lot Size Averaging Ordinance Clears Committee

    Posted on Feb 7, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    The primary benefits of the legislation are to eliminate conflicting code provisions, eliminate the potential for counting right-of-way twice when utilizing lot size averaging, and to establish in code that private roads may be considered in lot size averaging similar to public roads.
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  • Everett City Council Adopts Climate Action Plan and Climate Crisis Resolution

    Posted on Jan 31, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Environment
    • Advocacy
    The CAP is an overarching planning document with suggested actions to take; the council would have to adopt ordinances to implement any actions. MBAKS has been working with a coalition of stakeholders and testified at the meeting.
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  • CCAB Strikes Exception on Sprinklers for Townhouse Buildings of Four or Fewer Units

    Posted on Jan 31, 2020 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Jan. 30, 2020, Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board (CCAB) met to discuss the 2018 Washington State Residential Code change requiring fire sprinklers in townhouses. Over MBAKS’ opposition, the CCAB voted to strike the exception for four-townhome buildings and will recommend that fire sprinklers be required in ALL townhomes.
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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer