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  • Snohomish County Adopts EDDS Update

    Posted on May 1, 2020 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County Public Works has finalized changes to its Engineering Development and Design Standards (EDDS). This project culminates several months of effort and input from MBAKS members on positive changes to the code that go into effect May 1.
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  • Bellevue and Renton Adopt Six-Month Permit Extension Ordinances

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    On April 20, both the Bellevue City Council and Renton City Council adopted ordinances to extend permit applications and issued permits for 180 days, or six months beyond what is already provided in city code.
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  • Edmonds Passes Permit Extension Ordinance

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    Unlike Snohomish County’s emergency ordinance, no further public hearings are needed. The new law applies to permits granted before Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts 120-Day Permit Extension Emergency Ordinance

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The council also signaled a clear intention to further extend permits, should it be necessary. Due to the use of an emergency ordinance, a public hearing will have to held within 60 days on the measure’s passage, but that is very likely just a formality.
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  • Bellevue Advancing Affordable Housing Strategy, Includes Fee Simple Overlay

    Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    The Affordable Housing Strategy will include code amendments to allow for a fee simple overlay for townhome development, remove the three-year wait for attached accessory dwelling units, and change minimum parking requirements.
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