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Building Codes

  • Auburn City Council Discusses Update to Half-Street Improvement Code

    Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On July 23, the Auburn City Council began discussions related to its half-street improvement code update. This code sets the criteria for when a development will be required to construct street frontage improvements along the parcel(s) involved in the development.
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  • Snohomish County EDDS Changes Effective August 6

    Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Changes to Snohomish County Engineering, Design and Development Standards (EDDS) will go into effect Monday, August 6. Several positive changes and clarifications were made to the original proposal.
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  • City of Tukwila Adopts ADU Ordinance

    Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    After gathering public opinion for over six months, including two public hearings on April 9 and May 14, the Tukwila City Council voted on July 2, 2018 to adopt an ordinance supporting the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in residential zones.
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  • Monroe Looks to Change Development Code, Density Calculations

    Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The city of Monroe is in the middle of a year-long rewrite of its unified development code.
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  • Kirkland Geologically Hazardous Areas Ordinance in Effect

    Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The updated ordinance will apply when development is on property that is identified as a seismic or landslide hazard area, along with site-specific geotechnical reports.
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  • Updated Common Interest Community Requirement Information Available

    Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The 2018 legislature adopted a slew of new requirements that apply to condominiums, subdivisions, and other planned communities. JMMK Law has provided a summary of areas of interest to MBAKS members regarding these requirements.
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  • Seattle City Council Approves Significant Changes to Parking Requirements

    Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The Seattle City Council has approved an ordinance making significant amendments to parking requirements, the definition of “frequent transit service,” and off-street parking, to name a few. The controversial legislation passed 7-1, with Councilmember Lisa Herbold voting no.
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  • Changes to WA Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act Effective July 1, 2018

    Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On March 27, 2018, legislation was signed into law that will result in significant changes to the law governing Common Interest Communities (CICs) and paperwork requirements for homebuilders. The new law takes effect July 1. It is important that members review the documents that will be used after July 1, 2018.
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Environment

Growth Management

  • Commerce to Release Buildable Land Report Guidance December 1

    Posted on Jul 27, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The Washington State Department of Commerce is scheduled to release its first updated guidance related to buildable lands reports December 1 of this year. Draft guidance may be available for review by stakeholders as early as August.
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Housing Affordability

  • How Should VISION 2050 Address Housing and Housing Affordability?

    Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Recently, the Growth Management Policy Board discussed how the region should plan for current and future housing needs in VISION 2050. A presentation on current housing policies and data kicked off the board’s discussion.
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  • Final State Legislative Report from Olympia

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    With the 2018 state legislative session now adjourned, you can read our final legislative update for the fate of proposed bills, likely initiatives to come forward this year, and, finally, a look ahead to next year.
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Permitting

  • Mill Creek Adopts Administrative Approval of Final Plat Ordinance

    Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The city of Mill Creek has adopted an ordinance allowing for the administrative approval of final plats. The measure is already in effect.
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  • Accela Frustrations Continue to Grow

    Posted on Jul 20, 2018 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    At the end of April. Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) rolled out its new online project application, approval, and tracking system—a software program called Accela (a play on the word accelerate).
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  • Sammamish Development Moratorium Remains in Place

    Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On July 10, 2018, the Sammamish City Council voted to amend their new Level of Service (LOS) model and not lift the development moratorium, set to expire on July 17.
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  • Seattle Adopts Requirements for New Early Community Engagement

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The city of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods' new Early Community Outreach Design Review guidelines take effect July 1, 2018 and apply to projects going through streamlined, administrative, or full design review.
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  • Renton CA Zone Moratorium Update

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Your association recently met with the Mayor of Renton, City Administrator, and Director of Community and Economic Development to discuss the recently adopted moratorium on townhome development in the Commercial Arterial (CA) zone.
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  • Renton Imposes Moratorium in Commercial Arterial Zone on Townhome Development

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, June 4, the Renton City Council voted to impose an emergency moratorium on townhome development in the Commercial Arterial (CA) zone. The CA zone currently allows for a variety of retail sales, services, and other commercial activities, including residential uses through mixed-use building and townhome development.
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  • King County Adopts Administrative Approval Ordinance

    Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, April 16, the King County Council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2017-0436, allowing for administrative approval of final plats. This measure will bring greater predictability and efficiency to the permit process by reducing unnecessary delays at final plat approval.
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Taxes and Fees

  • Seattle Impact Fees Update

    Posted on Jul 20, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    As city of Seattle staff finalize their evaluation of the need and effect to assess transportation and park and recreation impact fees, the city and the Seattle School District signed an interlocal agreement to also move forward with a program to implement school impact fees.
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  • Potential Increase in School Impact Fees in Duvall and Carnation

    Posted on Jul 20, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Riverview School District and the cities of Duvall and Carnation have signed an interlocal agreement to move forward with the process to raise school impact fees.
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  • Lake Stevens Adopts Park and Traffic Impact Fee Increases

    Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This week, Lake Stevens Council adopted staff proposed park and traffic impact fee increases in follow up to a council discussion on June 26. The changes were presented as a necessity due to increased traffic and need for public open space.
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  • City of Lake Stevens Considers Traffic and Park Mitigation Fee Increases

    Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This week, city of Lake Stevens staff presented councilmembers with a summary of current city traffic and park impact fees, as compared to other jurisdictions within the region.
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  • City of Seattle Studying Impact Fees

    Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    In March, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and the Sustainability and Transportation Committee requested a study on impact fees to fund improvements to roads, parks, and schools.
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  • CFC Stormwater Fee Increase in North Bend

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    The North Bend City Council has adopted an increase in “Capital Facilities Charges” (CFC) stormwater fees, from $870 to $2,526 per “Equivalent Service Unit” (ESU) with an annual increase or decrease on January 1 of each year.
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  • AWWD Adopts Reduced Flat Fee GFC Increase

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, June 4, Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) Commissioners adopted staff-proposed flat rate increases. Your association worked with staff to amend the previously proposed, significantly higher 1” fee.
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  • Kent City Council Adopts Cap to School Impact Fees

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Tuesday June 5, the Kent City Council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance to cap the collection of school fees at $8,229 for single family and $8,386 for multifamily.
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  • AWWD Substantially Lowers Proposed GFC Increases

    Posted on May 25, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    At a recent Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) Board of Commissioner’s meeting, staff recommended adoption of a flat 1” rate for all residential connections of $2,892, a savings of $4,339 per connection.
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Vesting

  • Snohomish County School Impact Fee Vesting Ordinance Introduced

    Posted on May 18, 2018 in:
    • Vesting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Snohomish County Council has introduced proposed ordinance 18-036, a first-of-its-kind measure that would vest school impact fees for five years from time of complete application. This is your association’s top Snohomish County legislative priority for 2018.
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Workforce Development

  • Snohomish County Launches Young Adult Workforce Website

    Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in:
    • Workforce Development
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Youthworks is a collaboration between Workforce Snohomish, Snohomish STEM, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Everett Community College, Cocoon House, and WorkSource. Businesses can post job openings immediately.
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