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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • 13 New Positions Will Be Added to the City of Seattle’s Land Use Division

    Posted on May 17, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Your association has been communicating with the city of Seattle your frustration about extended wait times for plan reviews and permit approvals. The department will soon be seeking applicants who will be placed throughout SDCI to address the backlog.
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  • Seattle Can Now Move Forward on ADU Reform

    Posted on May 17, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    Queen Anne Community Council’s appeal of the City of Seattle’s backyard cottage reform has been dismissed. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was found to be enough and City Council can now move forward on legislation that mirrors the proposed alternatives that were studied.
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  • Olympia Update: Governor Signs MBAKS Priority Bill Into Law

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Housing Affordability
    Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law HB 1923, a top legislative priority for MBAKS, as it combines pro-housing tools like options for increased urban capacity for housing, grants for positive planning, and more into one measure.
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  • Department of Ecology Releases Draft Guidance on Net Ecological Benefit

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The draft final guidance is posted on Ecology’s Streamflow Restoration website and all comments must be submitted through the online comment form by the June 7 deadline.
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  • Kirkland Updates FAR and Lot Coverage Requirements

    Posted on May 10, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On May 7, the Kirkland City Council adopted new floor area ratio (FAR) and lot coverage regulations, which will go into effect on July 1, 2019. City staff began working on this issue to address community concerns about new home perceived building mass.
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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer