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Building Codes

  • Seattle City Council Approves Significant Changes to Parking Requirements

    Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The Seattle City Council has approved an ordinance making significant amendments to parking requirements, the definition of “frequent transit service,” and off-street parking, to name a few. The controversial legislation passed 7-1, with Councilmember Lisa Herbold voting no.
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  • Changes to WA Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act Effective July 1, 2018

    Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On March 27, 2018, legislation was signed into law that will result in significant changes to the law governing Common Interest Communities (CICs) and paperwork requirements for homebuilders. The new law takes effect July 1. It is important that members review the documents that will be used after July 1, 2018.
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  • Lake Stevens Approves Model Home Ordinance Amendments

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On March 27, Lake Stevens City Council passed language improving a previously limited model home ordinance.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts Pedestrian Facility Ordinance

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    The Snohomish County Council has passed ordinance 17-061, making changes to pedestrian facility code. Your association and interested members worked hard over the course of several months to make sure it didn’t negatively impact projects.
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  • Snohomish County Approves Final Lift Changes

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted ordinance 18-018, making positive changes to final lift provisions. The measure allows for deferred installation of private road improvements.
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  • Auburn City Council Passes Ordinance to Allow Irrigation in ROW

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, March 5, the Auburn City Council unanimously adopted ordinance 6672, allowing private irrigation systems in the public right-of-way. This ordinance was drafted in response to member concerns related to the ongoing maintenance of the plantings and landscape strips in the public ROW.
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Environment

  • King County Advancing Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Requirements

    Posted on Apr 27, 2018 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This week, your association hosted a second meeting with staff from King County to discuss its draft C&D Waste Diversion proposal that would add a layer of reporting at the end of projects, prior to final inspection, to ensure compliance with King County’s adopted waste diversion requirements.
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  • Mercer Island Exploring Built Green Incentives

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Built Green
    • Industry Issues
    • Environment
    • Advocacy
    The city of Mercer Island is in the process of exploring several ways to incentivize Built Green® development in its Land Development Code. This will be a collaborative process in which MBAKS is willing to lend guidance, along with boots-on-the-ground expertise of Built Green builders.
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  • MBAKS Engages Rep. Fitzgibbon to Help Address Unintended Wetland Buffer Increases

    Posted on Mar 2, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Environment
    • Advocacy
    The 2014 Wetland Buffer Rating Scale adopted by the Department of Ecology and implemented by many local jurisdictions in King and Snohomish counties has resulted in unintended buffer increases and fewer buildable lots within urban growth areas.
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Growth Management

  • Granite Falls Earns State Grant to Fund Sewer Lift Design

    Posted on Apr 27, 2018 in:
    • Growth Management
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The City of Granite Falls recently adopted a six-month sewer moratorium to allow for design to accommodate additional capacity. A Washington state grant has been received to help with those efforts.
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  • King County Proposes 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update

    Posted on Apr 6, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The King County Council’s Planning, Rural Service, and Environment Committee (PRE), chaired by Councilmember Kathy Lambert, was briefed on King County Executive Constantine’s proposed 2018 update to the 2016 King County Comprehensive Plan (ordinance 2018-0153).
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  • MBAKS and REALTORS Call for Changes in Vision 2050

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • MBAKS News
    MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims and Russell Hokanson, chief executive officer of the Seattle King County REALTORS, collaborated on an op-ed about the Vision 2050 process calling for a revised growth allocation process that is more accurate and reflects actual growth patterns.
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  • MBAKS Weighs in on Update to Vision 2040

    Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in:
    • MBAKS News
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is undertaking a two-year process to update to Vision 2040 (called Vision 2050), which will help guide region-wide planning in the four counties for years to come. Your association is already engaged in the process.
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  • Sammamish City Council Adopts Traffic Concurrency Model

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    The Sammamish City Council adopted a resolution directing staff to begin work on a traffic concurrency model focusing on the level of service (LOS) of intersections.
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Housing Affordability

  • Final State Legislative Report from Olympia

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    With the 2018 state legislative session now adjourned, you can read our final legislative update for the fate of proposed bills, likely initiatives to come forward this year, and, finally, a look ahead to next year.
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Permitting

Taxes and Fees

  • Duvall Adopts Changes in Calculation of Traffic Impact Fee

    Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Public Works Director Boyd Benson proposed at the April 17 city council hearing that the city approve a resolution authorizing the traffic impact fee to be adjusted by using a three-year rolling average of the Engineering News-Record Construction Cost Index.
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  • MBAKS Weighs in on Seattle’s Ill-Advised “Employee Hours Tax”

    Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    MBAKS submitted a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Durkan asking them to oppose the so-called Employee Hours Tax, more often referred to as a “head tax.”
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  • Snohomish County School Impact Fee Caps Expire March 31

    Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    For those building homes within the Snohomish County side of the Northshore School District, you are reminded that the current $7,000 cap on school impact fees expires March 31. Beginning April 1, the fee will increase to $10,563 for single family homes.
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  • Snohomish County Fee Surcharge Proposal Defeated

    Posted on Feb 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Snohomish County Council unanimously killed its own credit card fee surcharge ordinance. The measure would have tacked on 2.5% to permits and other fees paid by builders and others.
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Vesting

  • City of Issaquah Ends Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement

    Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Vesting
    • Advocacy
    The City of Issaquah terminated the Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement (DA) on March 21, 2018, replacing it with amended code. The city claims the developer with whom it entered into the original DA with in 1996 did not have fully vested development rights.
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Workforce Development