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Building Codes

  • Snohomish County Looks to Address Two-Foot Rule

    Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    Snohomish County is working on potential solutions to its problematic two-foot rule, which requires cuts and fills to be set back a minimum of two feet from property lines, resulting lost land, design difficulties, very small yards, and even lost density.
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  • Snohomish County to Adopt Latest I-Codes

    Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    The 2015 I-Code update will soon be before the Snohomish County Council for official adoption. What will change going forward are certain fees, notably for fire sprinklers and alarms.
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  • Federal Way Considering Multifamily Housing Code Amendments

    Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    The city of Federal Way has been under moratorium for multifamily development since June of last year, citing the need to reevaluate its zoning standards and MF development code as the driving force. The city has released its proposed amendments to the MF Development Code.
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Environment

Growth Management

  • Puget Sound Trends Presented to PSRC Executive Board

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Growth Management
    This week, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board heard a presentation on the latest population, housing, transit, and job trends. Not surprising for MBA members, the housing and population gap is wide and growing.
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  • Governor Signs Buildable Lands Bill, SB 5254

    Posted on Jul 7, 2017 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law the Master Builders Association’s top priority legislation for the 2017 session, Senate Bill 5254. The bill’s passage represents major progress for our industry on buildable lands.
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  • MBA Releases Housing Attainability Issue Brief

    Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Growth Management
    The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties has prepared this issue brief to discuss ways we can make housing more attainable and make the Growth Management Act work as intended.
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Housing Affordability

  • MBA Staff Appointed to Regional Affordable Housing Task Force

    Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    King County External Relations Manager Patricia Akiyama has been selected to serve on the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force—Standing Advisory Panel (SAP), which will advise Task Force members as they learn about the extent of our housing problem and begin to develop solutions.
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  • HART Recommendations Address Several MBA Priorities

    Posted on Jul 10, 2017 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    The Housing Affordability Response Team (HART) has forwarded its final report to Governor Jay Inslee with recommendations on how to address the root causes of the lack of affordable housing in our state. This was a critical step towards moving forward recommendations to address many of the lot supply and buildable land concerns that the Master Builders Association has been raising for years.
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Permitting

  • Sammamish Adopts Development Moratorium

    Posted on Oct 6, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish City Council introduced and unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance imposing a six-month moratorium on residential plat applications and building permits.
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  • Kent Adopts Administrative Approval of Final Plats

    Posted on Sep 22, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    Tthe Kent city council unanimously adopted a code amendment making final plat approval an administrative action.
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  • Mukilteo Launches New Map Site

    Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The city of Mukilteo has launched a new public mapping portal that includes helpful features to those considering doing business there, including a parcel viewer and a plat finder.
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  • Snohomish County Moving to Online Inspection Scheduling

    Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County is transitioning inspection appointment scheduling online. You can still schedule appointments as you always have, but eventually the system will be all online.
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  • Duvall Moratorium Extended Six Months

    Posted on Aug 18, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Tuesday, August 15, the Duvall City Council unanimously adopted a six-month extension to the moratorium on residential development, now expiring on Feb. 21, 2018, to allow staff time to complete policy updates.
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  • Lynnwood Adopts Administrative Approval of Plats Ordinance

    Posted on Aug 18, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The Lynnwood City Council unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance allowing the administrative approval of final plats, becoming the third jurisdiction to adopt this time-saving measure.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts Administrative Approval Ordinance

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Wednesday, July 26, the Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted an ordinance allowing for the administrative approval of final plats. Made possible by the passage this year of Senate Bill 5674, the measure will save members time in the approval process, sometimes stretching to several weeks.
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  • Final Plat Bill Passes the Legislature

    Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Permitting
    In a major win for the MBA, Governor Jay Inslee yesterday signed into law Senate Bill 5674, providing a local option to allow administrative approval of the final plat process.
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Taxes and Fees

Vesting

  • King County Considering Ordinance to Clarify Vested Rights

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Vesting
    This week, your Association met with King County Executive staff to establish specific goals for what will be a vesting ordinance. We were pleased to discover that most permits in King County already have codified vested rights. However, the vesting language should be clarified given recent case law, specifically with relation to permits associated with stormwater codes.
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Workforce Development