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Building Codes

  • Snohomish County Releases Updated Final Plat Checklists

    Posted on Apr 16, 2021 in:
    • DBIC
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County Planning and Development Services has released its new final plat checklist. It will go into effect on May 10, 2021.
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  • Issaquah City Council Adopts ‘EV’ Proposal

    Posted on Apr 9, 2021 in:
    • RBC
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, April 5, the Issaquah City Council adopted the Electric Vehicle (EV) readiness proposal that requires EV prewiring and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) in new development. The adopted ordinance becomes effective on April 13.
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  • SeaTac Further Reduces Parking Requirements

    Posted on Mar 26, 2021 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    In an attempt to further spur homebuilding, City Council approved amendments to Chapter 15 of the SeaTac Municipal Code (SMC), allowing residential developments located within the City Center Overlay District to reduce the number of required parking spaces by up to 35%.
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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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Growth Management

  • King County Releases Draft of 2021 CPPs and Urban Growth Capacity Report

    Posted on Apr 9, 2021 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    King County has released its public review draft of the 2021 Countywide Planning Policies and Urban Growth Capacity Report. Comments will be accepted until May 5 and will be discussed by the Growth Management Policy Council at its May 26 and June 23 meetings, before advancing a recommendation for formal adoption.
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  • Redmond Adopts New Housing Action Plan

    Posted on Mar 19, 2021 in:
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    In the fall of 2019, Redmond applied for grant funding through state Commerce for the development of a Housing Action Plan, intended to incentivize cities to increase the variety of housing types available and increase urban residential density. On March 16, Redmond City Council approved the final Housing Action Plan.
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Permitting

  • Sammamish Sewer Connection Moratorium Remains in Place

    Posted on Apr 2, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District (District) held a public hearing on March 29 on the 90-day emergency sewer connection moratorium. During the meeting, no decision was made to lift or extend the moratorium which remains in effect until May 24, 2021.
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Taxes and Fees

  • Kirkland Proposes Increased Impact Fees Plus New Fire Fee

    Posted on Apr 16, 2021 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    The city of Kirkland is proposing a three-year phased in fee increase on park and transportation impact fees, while introducing a new fire impact fee to be simultaneously phased in. The fees would apply to new single family and multifamily residential construction with the potential to apply to new commercial construction.
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  • Sammamish Proposes Amendments to School Impact Fee

    Posted on Apr 9, 2021 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    Sammamish Deputy Mayor Christie Malchow and three city councilmembers have proposed amending the city’s school impact fee formula, reducing the credit developers receive from 50% to 25%.
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