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Building Codes

  • Seattle Continues Work on Pre-Approved Plans for Backyard Cottages

    Posted on Feb 21, 2020 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    After reviewing all submissions, a selection panel will recommend up to 10 designs for pre-approval. They anticipate having the plans available in an online gallery in late spring.
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  • Woodinville to Undertake Code Revisions

    Posted on Feb 14, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    The purpose of these revisions is to bring the codes into full legal compliance, to align the codes, and to make the codes more user-friendly and streamlined for both applicant and staff, including administrative review for long plats.
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  • Duvall Considering Cottage Housing Ordinance

    Posted on Feb 14, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    The Duvall City Council heard a presentation from staff to revive an ordinance from 2016 to allow a cottage housing demonstration project. The ordinance was applicable for one year, however no demonstration was built and the project sunset in 2017.
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  • Lake Stevens Council Adopts Positive Subdivision and PRD Code Changes

    Posted on Feb 14, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The amendment is largely focused on reorganization and consolidation of the subdivision code, but includes some larger positive changes.
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  • Snohomish County Lot Size Averaging Ordinance Clears Committee

    Posted on Feb 7, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    The primary benefits of the legislation are to eliminate conflicting code provisions, eliminate the potential for counting right-of-way twice when utilizing lot size averaging, and to establish in code that private roads may be considered in lot size averaging similar to public roads.
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  • CCAB Strikes Exception on Sprinklers for Townhouse Buildings of Four or Fewer Units

    Posted on Jan 31, 2020 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Jan. 30, 2020, Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board (CCAB) met to discuss the 2018 Washington State Residential Code change requiring fire sprinklers in townhouses. Over MBAKS’ opposition, the CCAB voted to strike the exception for four-townhome buildings and will recommend that fire sprinklers be required in ALL townhomes.
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  • 2018 Energy and Building Code Changes Now Available

    Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Barring any changes by the legislature, the new codes take effect July 1, 2020. Please note, BIAW has begun scheduling classes covering significant changes to the 2018 codes. Space is limited and members are encouraged to register today
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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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Environment

Growth Management

  • 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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  • Up for Growth Report Reaffirms We Are Not Building Enough Housing

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    Up for Growth released its report, Housing Underproduction in Washington State, which details our state’s 225,000-home shortage and highlights policies needed to achieve higher density and more housing choices.
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Housing Affordability

Permitting

Taxes and Fees

  • Duvall Considering Clear and Grade Fee Increase

    Posted on Feb 14, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    The council heard a presentation from the Public Works Director in which the director stated the clear and grade fees in Duvall have not been increased in many years and are not on par with surrounding jurisdictions.
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  • Fee Changes in Effect in Seattle

    Posted on Jan 17, 2020 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Fee changes for the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections went into effect on January 1, 2020. Most fees increased by approximately 4%.
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  • Bellevue Reviewing Changes to Transportation Impact Fee Rate

    Posted on Nov 8, 2019 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The rate increase under consideration is intended to result in a revenue-neutral fee adjustment across all projected land use development classifications and locations.
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  • Bellevue Considering Development Services Fee Update for 2020

    Posted on Nov 8, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Taxes & Fees
    The total permit fees paid for some projects will go down depending on how these factors, along with process improvements, impact staff time needed to complete the work.
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Workforce Development

  • Ribbon Cutting Held for Apprenticeship Program in Marysville

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Workforce Development
    • Advocacy
    In the coming semester, students in the program will be learning important building skills and constructing a cottage for a low-income family in need of a home. Skilled trades professions are vitally important and we are happy to be a community stakeholder in this program.
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