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Environment

Growth Management

  • SCT Working on Planning Policies for Countywide Centers Proceeding

    Posted on May 8, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    Cities are currently working to identify locations for the centers within their borders, and will then work cooperatively with Snohomish County to identify center locations in unincorporated areas.
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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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Housing Affordability

  • Bellevue Advancing Affordable Housing Strategy, Includes Fee Simple Overlay

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    The Affordable Housing Strategy will include code amendments to allow for a fee simple overlay for townhome development, remove the three-year wait for attached accessory dwelling units, and change minimum parking requirements.
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  • State Legislative Update: Final Report

    Posted on Mar 13, 2020 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Washington State Legislature has concluded its 2020 session. Most notably, the Legislature failed to delay implementation of the energy code. Outside of that disappointing news, MBAKS supported four bills that passed and will benefit housing.
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  • 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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Permitting

  • SDOT Working on Policy for Extension of Street Use Permits

    Posted on May 15, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    During this unprecedented time, SDOT does not currently have the authority to waive fees. They are in the process of seeking the authority and mechanism to defer/waive fees for this scenario from the city’s Budget Office and Mayor’s Office.
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  • King County Hearing Examiners Office Moving to Virtual Meetings

    Posted on May 15, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    Initially the HE’s office was hesitant to move its meetings to virtual, but projects need to move forward since it’s uncertain when large groups may gather again.
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  • PSE’s Energize Eastside Project Advancing

    Posted on May 8, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The Richards Creek substation work is on track in Bellevue. The Renton permit for the project has been approved and no appeals were received. PSE staff continues to work with the city of Newcastle staff.
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  • Everett Adopts Emergency Ordinance on Permit and Land Use Application Extensions

    Posted on May 1, 2020 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The ordinance will take effect immediately, however the council is required to hold a public hearing on the emergency ordinance within 60 days. We do not expect that hearing to be controversial.
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  • Seattle Passes Emergency Legislation Related to

    Posted on May 1, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The emergency bill, as passed, allows development projects that would normally move through the Full Design Review process to move through Administrative Design Review (ADR) and affordable housing development projects to be exempted from the ADR process altogether.
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  • Bellevue and Renton Adopt Six-Month Permit Extension Ordinances

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    On April 20, both the Bellevue City Council and Renton City Council adopted ordinances to extend permit applications and issued permits for 180 days, or six months beyond what is already provided in city code.
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  • Edmonds Passes Permit Extension Ordinance

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    Unlike Snohomish County’s emergency ordinance, no further public hearings are needed. The new law applies to permits granted before Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts 120-Day Permit Extension Emergency Ordinance

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The council also signaled a clear intention to further extend permits, should it be necessary. Due to the use of an emergency ordinance, a public hearing will have to held within 60 days on the measure’s passage, but that is very likely just a formality.
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  • Redmond Proposes Temporarily Suspending Design Review Board

    Posted on Apr 10, 2020 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    To keep current projects moving expeditiously through the development process, the city of Redmond has proposed temporarily suspending the Design Review Board (DRB) for six months. The DRB is in agreement with staff and City Council on the proposal.
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Taxes and Fees

Workforce Development

  • BIAW Education Scholarships and Grants Available

    Posted on May 1, 2020 in:
    • Community Stewardship
    • Industry Issues
    • Industry News
    • Builders
    • Workforce Development
    • Advocacy
    BIAW has extended the deadline for scholarship and grant applications to June 19. Students applying to any Washington state accredited community, vocational/technical college, or university who can demonstrate a funding need to complete a program in a construction-related field of study are eligible.
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