NEWS & BLOG

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  • Latest Jobs Report Shows Modest Improvement

    Posted on Apr 22, 2021 in:
    • Builders Bulletin
    New data from the Employment Security Department show continued modest improvement in the jobs picture for our state and region. The unemployment rate for Seattle/Bellevue/Everett fell from 5.5 in February to 5.4 in March. Meanwhile, construction employment in Washington increased by 1,400 between February and March.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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