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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • Ribbon Cutting Held for Apprenticeship Program in Marysville

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Workforce Development
    • Advocacy
    In the coming semester, students in the program will be learning important building skills and constructing a cottage for a low-income family in need of a home. Skilled trades professions are vitally important and we are happy to be a community stakeholder in this program.
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  • Snohomish County to Update Review and Permit Fees

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Taxes & Fees
    The most recent update to its fee schedule was in 2008. There should be a draft fee document available for stakeholder review in February, with final adoption slated for July. Applications submitted up to that date will vest to existing fees.
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  • Renton Holds Hearing on Energize Eastside Project

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Energize Eastside project is Puget Sound Energy’s plan to upgrade 16 miles of transmission line from Renton to Redmond. This backbone of the electric grid hasn’t had a major upgrade since the 1960s.
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  • Up for Growth Report Reaffirms We Are Not Building Enough Housing

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    Up for Growth released its report, Housing Underproduction in Washington State, which details our state’s 225,000-home shortage and highlights policies needed to achieve higher density and more housing choices.
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  • Shoreline Adopts Prescriptive Townhouse Regulations, Effective Jan. 14

    Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    The townhouse design standards and amendments will make it very difficult to build new townhomes in the city without lot assemblage. Requirements were added for outdoor space, landscaping, solid waste collection, and site configuration.
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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer