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Building Codes

  • Marysville City Council Adopts Revised ADU Ordinance

    Posted on Jan 14, 2022 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Builders Councils
    This week, the Marysville City Council considered and adopted a revised Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) code amendment.
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  • Sammamish Adopts Phase II Development Regulations

    Posted on Jan 7, 2022 in:
    • Building Codes
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish City Council adopted Title 21 – Sammamish Development Code (SDC) amendments on Dec. 14, 2021, completing the update to Phase II of the development regulations.
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  • MBAKS Submits Official Comment Letter on SDCI Omnibus Ordinance

    Posted on Jan 7, 2022 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Building Codes
    • SBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    MBAKS has asked our attorneys to submit a comment letter for the Omnibus legislation on behalf of Seattle members.
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  • North Bend Adopts EV Ready Standards

    Posted on Jan 7, 2022 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • RBC
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On January 4, after months of debate between the Planning Commission, the Community and Economic Development Committee, Council, and stakeholders including MBAKS, North Bend adopted new residential electric vehicle (EV) ready standards.
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  • Marysville Planning Commission Recommends Adoption of ADU Code Changes

    Posted on Dec 17, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • DBIC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Marysville Planning Commission held a public hearing on and unanimously recommended positive code amendments to the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) code.
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  • New Sammamish Fire Code Interpretation Makes Some Lots Unbuildable

    Posted on Dec 17, 2021 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • RBC
    There are properties in Sammamish over 120 years old with right of way dedications that were never opened by any jurisdiction. According to the laws at the time, those rights of way were automatically vacated to the nearest property owner after ten years.
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  • 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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  • Burien Adopts Climate Action Plan

    Posted on Dec 3, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Environment
    • Builders Councils
    On November 15, the Burien City Council adopted the city’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP).
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  • Built Green Releases New Single-Family Handbook

    Posted on Nov 16, 2021 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Environment
    Built Green is excited to announce the release of the 2021 Single-Family Handbook. This handbook provides details, resources, and information regarding each credit of our 2021 Single Family/Townhome Checklist.
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Growth Management

 

Housing Affordability

  • Seattle Times Publishes MBAKS Townhome Builder Story

    Posted on Dec 17, 2021 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • SBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
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  • Everett City Council Adopts Rethink Zoning Tweaks and Approves Sound Transit Letter

    Posted on Dec 10, 2021 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Builders Councils
    This week, the Everett City Council held a public hearing and adopted proposed changes to Lots, Setbacks, and Residential Densities intended to refine, clarify ambiguous provisions, or correct an unintended outcome in Rethink Zoning.
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  • Snapshots Highlight Actions Cities Taking to Facilitate Housing

    Posted on Dec 3, 2021 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Coalition for More Housing Choices, of which MBAKS is a member, has released 10 new local housing snapshots, featuring housing data and policy actions for King County’s largest cities.
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  • Lumber Prices Are Through the Roof. Why?

    Posted on May 7, 2021 in:
    • RBC
    • DBIC
    • SBC
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry News
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The cost of lumber is up a staggering 280%. The cost of housing has increased significantly: constructing just one single-family home is now nearly $36,000 more expensive because of skyrocketing lumber prices. A variety of market conditions and consumer choices are driving shortages and increasing prices. This is on top of already higher lumber prices due to tariffs on Canadian lumber imports implemented in 2017.
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Permitting

 

Taxes and Fees

  • Updated Fees in Kirkland

    Posted on Dec 10, 2021 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    Kirkland Development Services fees are changing. Fees for building and development permits, including Fire impact fees are increasing 6.3% as of January 1, 2022.
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  • SeaTac Passes New Tech Fee

    Posted on Dec 3, 2021 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • RBC
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    On November 23, the SeaTac City Council amended the city’s tech fee to establish a 5% permit fee, or $5.50, whichever is more, in order to upgrade various technologies including moving from TrakiT to MyBuildingPermit.com.
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