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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • Olympia Update: Governor Signs MBAKS Priority Bill Into Law

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Housing Affordability
    Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law HB 1923, a top legislative priority for MBAKS, as it combines pro-housing tools like options for increased urban capacity for housing, grants for positive planning, and more into one measure.
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  • Department of Ecology Releases Draft Guidance on Net Ecological Benefit

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The draft final guidance is posted on Ecology’s Streamflow Restoration website and all comments must be submitted through the online comment form by the June 7 deadline.
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  • Kirkland Updates FAR and Lot Coverage Requirements

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On May 7, the Kirkland City Council adopted new floor area ratio (FAR) and lot coverage regulations, which will go into effect on July 1, 2019. City staff began working on this issue to address community concerns about new home perceived building mass.
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  • King County Delays Ingress/Egress Study

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The report, requested by the King County Council, is now due June 2020. The council’s request for the report is driven by a desire to improve public safety, especially during inclement weather, to ensure emergency vehicle access.
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  • Seattle Releases Draft ADU Legislation

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Studies show that ADUs are a cost-effective way to increase housing supply. Allowing more ADUs was one of the HALA recommendations nearly four years ago (July 2015), yet because of legal challenges, the council has not been able to act.
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