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Homing In

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.

 

Association Testifies Before Legislature on Need to Improve Buildable Lands Reports

By David Hoffman, North King County Manager & PAC Director – Sept. 12, 2014
Talk to any builder these days and at some point the conversation will turn to the lack of available, buildable land. Across our region, and especially in King County, buildable land has become very difficult to find. Discussions at Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties meetings have included frustration over the buildable lands reports, which continually say that King and Snohomish counties, and their cities, have enough buildable land.

 

Planning Underway for 22nd Annual Gingerbread Village

By Allison Butcher, Public Affairs Director – Aug. 19, 2014
The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties is pleased to once again partner with member company Gelotte Hommas Architecture to create a gingerbread project for this year’s Gingerbread Village. Now in its 22nd year, Gingerbread Village benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Northwest Chapter, and is on display each holiday season at the Seattle Sheraton.

 

Snohomish County Council Moving on Tree Ordinance

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.

 

NAHB Priced Out Study Released

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.

 

Snohomish County Planning Commission Hears Tree Ordinance

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.

 

Residential Builders Council Holds First Meeting in New Location

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.

 

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