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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • Snohomish County Implementing Final Plat Process Changes

    Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Included in those recommendations are assigning a person responsible for final plats, weekly status meetings, and more.
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  • Lake Stevens Planning Commission Recommends Fences and Walls Code Changes

    Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    The recommended changes include a six-foot maximum height on residential fences and now an eight-foot maximum height on retaining walls before having to terrace, as well as an option to reduce the terracing buffer to 18” (instead of three feet) by using cascading vegetation.
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  • Fire Sprinkler Amendment Clears IRC TAG

    Posted on May 31, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On May 29, the International Residential Code Technical Advisory Group voted 3-2 to advance a proposed amendment to the IRC that would mandate fire sprinklers in all newly constructed townhomes in our state. Your association submitted a comment letter opposing the amendment due to the negative impacts it would have on housing costs.
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  • SDCI Issues Revised Rule on Yards, Setbacks and Gross Floor Area

    Posted on May 31, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The now-revised draft director’s rule would have changed a long-standing practice of measuring gross floor area from the inside surface of the exterior wall to measuring from the inside face of the stud, which in some cases would have resulted in a loss of dwelling units.
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  • June 2019 Builders Bulletin: Housing Inventory Up YOY But Still Below Two Months

    Posted on May 29, 2019 in:
    • Builder's Bulletin
    April marked the second month in a row in King County and the third consecutive month in Snohomish County that the month’s supply of housing inventory was below two months.
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