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  • Newcastle City Council Modifies Planning Commission Workplan

    Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in:
    • RBC
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    The Newcastle Planning Commission’s workplan for 2020 included development of an ordinance that would prohibit or discourage multifamily uses in the R1-R6 zoning districts. On July 21, the City Council voted to modify the Planning Commission’s workplan to remove this action item.
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  • Mercer Island Eliminates MFTE Program

    Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in:
    • RBC
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Citing budget constraints due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mercer Island City Council voted to end the Multifamily Property Tax Exemption program that assists in the production of affordable housing.
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  • Redmond Proposal Could Revise Tree Protection Regulation

    Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • RBC
    • Advocacy
    Redmond's tree protection regulations have not had a comprehensive review since they were adopted in 1998. Redmond is in the process of obtaining community and stakeholder feedback to determine if these regulations need modifications and are achieving their goals in the context of urban growth.
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  • Snohomish County Planning Commission to Hear ADU Code Changes

    Posted on Jul 17, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    New provisions under consideration include changing to a permitted use in all single family zones, eliminating substandard lot provisions, and allowing one attached and one detached unit per lot.
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  • Snohomish County to Make Changes to SWM Vault Fee Collection

    Posted on Jul 10, 2020 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    In many cases, the County is unable to collect fees due, so we’re working on options to make certain new homeowners know the annual fees are due.
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