Homing In focuses on housing, land use and growth management issues in King and Snohomish counties. Contributors include the government affairs team and leaders of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Public Affairs Director Allison Butcher is the editor.
By Alex Wilford, South King County Manager – Dec. 2, 2014
As the end of the semester approaches, your Association says goodbye to our current Governmental Affairs legal extern, Adam Cushman. The externship program was created to expose law students to legal issues surrounding the housing industry and provide them an opportunity to advocate on behalf of our members. Externs must familiarize themselves with key issues important to the housing industry, advocate for an improved regulatory climate before legislative bodies, actively contribute at council meetings, author jurisdictional research, contribute to publications, and engage the public and membership on a regular basis.
By Mike Pattison, North Snohomish County Manager – Oct. 2, 2014
Yesterday the Snohomish County Council held its public hearing on proposed changes to its tree regulations. MBA members made the case to the Council that existing regulations are not workable, a position acknowledged by both sides of the discussion. A final decision on the ordinance and a series of amendments is expected Oct. 8.
By Mike Pattison, North Snohomish County Manager – Aug. 19, 2014
The Snohomish County Council today heard a presentation on possible changes to its tree regulations during its Planning Committee meeting. The Council signaled a likely public hearing date of Wednesday, Sept. 17 to consider the measure's enactment.
By Mike Pattison, North Snohomish County Manager – Aug. 7, 2014
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released its regular “priced out” report that quantifies how many families are priced out of housing for every $1,000 in added regulatory cost.
By Mike Pattison, North Snohomish County Manager – March 26, 2014
On Tuesday, March 25, the Snohomish County Planning Commission held a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would amend the county’s tree retention and replacement rules. The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties was on hand to testify in support of the measure, which changes the approach to tree regulations to focus on long-term canopy coverage.
By David Hoffman, North King County Manager and PAC Director – Feb. 13, 2014
The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ (MBA) Residential Builders Council (RBC) held its monthly meeting at the MBA Housing Center in Bellevue today to discuss land use and other regulatory issues in King County and its cities.