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We want to ensure our residential building professionals and community members are able to do what they do—live and work productively.

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Building Codes

  • Snohomish County Adopts Townhouse Code Update

    Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The Snohomish County Council has unanimously voted to approve positive changes to its townhouse code, including design flexibility options and allowance of 30% single family detached structures in a townhouse development.
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Environment

Growth Management

  • 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

Permitting

  • 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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Taxes and Fees

  • Federal Way School District Impact Fee Proposal

    Posted on Nov 10, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Taxes and Fees
    The Federal Way School District, which serves Federal Way and a small area of Kent, is proposing an increase in their existing school impact fees for single family and multifamily units.
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  • Renton Adopts Resolution to Waive 50% of ADU Fees

    Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in:
    • Taxes and Fees
    • Advocacy
    On October 16, the Renton City Council adopted a resolution to reduce development fees by 50% for new accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and to waive fees in full for every third new ADU created within a subdivision of 10 or more lots.
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  • Shoreline City Council Adopts Park Impact Fee With 71% Reduction

    Posted on Aug 4, 2017 in:
    • Taxes and Fees
    • Advocacy
    The Shoreline City Council recently completed an update to its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan and Park Impact Fee Rate Study that allowed for a maximum park impact fee of $13,723 per new single-family residence. After stakeholder outreach, city staff proposed a 71% fee reduction.
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Vesting

Workforce Development

  • MBAKS Workforce: Why Should I Enter the Trades?

    Posted on Oct 27, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Workforce Development
    The Puget Sound region is a great place to live and work, as reflected in the fast pace of growth over the past decade. More people coming to the region means we need more people working in skilled trades—to build housing, commercial space, infrastructure, and transportation projects.
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