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  • Bothell Adopts Corner Duplex, Short Plat Threshold Increase Ordinances

    Posted on Feb 19, 2021 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • DBIC
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    This week the Bothell City Council unanimously adopted two high priority MBAKS ordinances. Short plat thresholds were increased from 4 to 9 units and duplexes will now be allowed on all corner lots in residential zones.
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  • Bellevue Adopts Fee Simple and ADU Amendments

    Posted on Feb 19, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Building Codes
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Bellevue City Council unanimously adopted two land use code amendments (LUCA) that are priority legislation for MBAKS. The LUCAs enable fee simple ownership of townhomes and remove the three-year wait restriction for attached accessory dwelling units.
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  • Lake Stevens City Council Supports Increasing SEPA Exemptions

    Posted on Feb 19, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • DBIC
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Lake Stevens City Council held a workshop to discuss the city’s proposed SEPA exemptions for minor construction. The Planning Commission has held three work sessions to discuss the proposed amendments and has agreed to increase the exemption thresholds.
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  • Seattle Stormwater Code Update Underway, Vesting Clarified

    Posted on Feb 12, 2021 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • SBC
    • Building Codes
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    A recording of the City of Seattle’s Stormwater Code/Manual Update Public Meeting held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 is now available. This meeting highlighted changes in the draft 2021 Stormwater Code and Manual.
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  • Draft Snohomish County Planning Policy Update Available

    Posted on Feb 12, 2021 in:
    • DBIC
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Builders Councils
    • Advocacy
    The draft update of the Snohomish County’s Countywide Planning Policies were presented to the Snohomish County Planning Advisory Committee (SCT-PAC) this week and are now available.
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