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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.

 

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.

 

Process to Review Green River Levees Enters Alternatives Phase

By Allison Butcher, Public Affairs Director – Aug. 15, 2014
King County's on-going planning effort meant to address the Green Duwamish River Watershed’s aging system of levees has reached an important stage. After producing a Current Conditions Report and identifying provisional Level of Protection (LOP) from flooding goals, the effort – known as the Green River System-Wide Improvement Framework (SWIF) – is now focused on finalizing three channel alternatives.

 

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.

 

Association Releases Updated Impact Fee Matrix

By Jennifer Anderson, South Snohomish County Manager – Aug. 4, 2014
The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties has created an impact fee matrix to serve as a quick reference guide for members interested in seeing what jurisdictions in King and Snohomish counties charge for transportation, park, fire, and school impact fees. It can also be a useful tool to see how fees compare from city to city.

 

King County Buildable Lands Report Shows Ominous End of Single-Family Housing

By David Hoffman, North King County Manager and PAC Director – July 18, 2014
The Buildable Lands Report (BLR) was adopted by the legislature in 1997 as an amendment to the Growth Management Act (GMA) and was intended by the legislature to serve as a “mid-term check-in” for the 10-year Comprehensive Plans. King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Clark and Thurston Counties, and their cities, are responsible for conducting BLRs, which are then submitted to the Washington State Department of Commerce (DoC). David Hoffman, your Association's North King County Manager, provides his analysis of the King County BLR.

 

Smart Growth Seattle Kicks Off Campaign Urging City Council to Adopt Housing Plan

By Don Davis, Director of Governmental Affairs – July 8, 2014
Smart Growth Seattle launched an educational campaign this week meant to highlight the way in which the laws of supply and demand apply directly to the housing market. The campaign’s overarching message is simple: If housing supply doesn't keep up with demand, then prices will go up.

 

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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