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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • Kat Sims Appointed to Seattle Mayor’s Advisory Council

    Posted on Feb 1, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims was selected to join Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's newly formed Affordable Middle-Income Housing Advisory Council what will identify tools to create more for-rent and for-sale homes that are affordable to Seattle’s middle-income wage earners.
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  • MBAKS Op-Ed Published in Seattle Times

    Posted on Jan 28, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Seattle Times has published a guest editorial by MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims, advocating for bold solutions to solve the region’s housing shortage. The op-ed calls for action on some of the key items on MBAKS’ legislative agenda.
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  • Snohomish County Proposing Process Changes for Land Use Permit Decisions

    Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On January 22, the Snohomish County Planning Commission was briefed on a series of potential code amendments related to the appeals process, decision type consolidation, site plan process changes, and more.
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  • Snohomish County to Update PRD and LSA Provisions

    Posted on Jan 25, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    Your association recently met with Snohomish County staff to discuss the county’s code writing project, which will update certain Planned Residential Development (PRD) and Lot Size Averaging provisions, which in some cases could result in greater lot yield.
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  • Snohomish County Eliminates Two-Foot Rule

    Posted on Jan 18, 2019 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    The Snohomish County Council has adopted ordinance 18-106 related to ground disturbing activities that eliminates the problematic two-foot rule. Included in the measure is an opt-in provision that allows existing applicants to take advantage of the new code.
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