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PRESS RELEASE: Governor Signs into Law Permit Process Improvements to Help Housing

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 in:
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Sharon Couts
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties

Governor Inslee Signs SB 5674 2017
Joining Governor Inslee at today's bill signing are, from L to R: Master Builders Association (MBA) Senior Director of Strategy & Policy Nick Harper, Shannon Lee Affholter, MBA Executive Director Shannon Affholter, MBA members Clay White and Mark Villwock of LDC Inc., and Senator Guy Palumbo.

Governor Signs into Law Permit Process Improvements to Help Housing

New Law Will Create Efficiencies in the Final Plat Approval Process for Subdivisions

Bellevue, Wash—April 27, 2017—Governor Jay Inslee today signed into law Senate Bill 5674, providing a local option to allow administrative approval of the final plat process. The bill, sponsored by Senator Guy Palumbo (D-1st District) and Senator Joe Fain (R-47th District), will provide significant efficiencies in many jurisdictions where it can take a long time to get a final plat through the legislative process.

Shannon Affholter, executive director of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, explained why the bill is one of the Association's top legislative priorities: "Allowing local governments to delegate final plat approval to planning directors or other designated authorities will save our members weeks or even months of delay in getting on Council agendas for final approval in what is largely a pro forma action," he said.

"The new law is a positive step forward for housing affordability because it will bring greater efficiency to the permit process," Affholter added. "In homebuilding, time is money. Anything that reduces unnecessary delays in the permit process helps to lower another cost pressure on housing."

The preliminary plat application provides an opportunity to appeal, so making the final plat approval process administrative will not remove the opportunity for public input or appeal.



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