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  • Shoreline City Council Adopts Park Impact Fee With 71% Reduction

    Posted on Aug 4, 2017 in:
    • Taxes and Fees
    • Advocacy
    The Shoreline City Council recently completed an update to its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan and Park Impact Fee Rate Study that allowed for a maximum park impact fee of $13,723 per new single-family residence. After stakeholder outreach, city staff proposed a 71% fee reduction.
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  • The Legislature Grants Increased Funding to Career and Technical Education Funding

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
    • Workforce Development
    • Advocacy
    Your Association has been involved in advocacy efforts for increased Career and Technical Education (CTE) funding to high school trades programs. There will be a $200M investment from the state legislature in the next four years to reduce CTE class sizes.
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  • King County Considering Ordinance to Clarify Vested Rights

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Vesting
    This week, your Association met with King County Executive staff to establish specific goals for what will be a vesting ordinance. We were pleased to discover that most permits in King County already have codified vested rights. However, the vesting language should be clarified given recent case law, specifically with relation to permits associated with stormwater codes.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts Administrative Approval Ordinance

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Wednesday, July 26, the Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted an ordinance allowing for the administrative approval of final plats. Made possible by the passage this year of Senate Bill 5674, the measure will save members time in the approval process, sometimes stretching to several weeks.
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  • Puget Sound Trends Presented to PSRC Executive Board

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Growth Management
    This week, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board heard a presentation on the latest population, housing, transit, and job trends. Not surprising for MBA members, the housing and population gap is wide and growing.
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