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Building Codes

Environment

  • Kirkland Adopts Limited Moratorium on Phased Tree Retention Plans

    Posted on Jul 21, 2017 in:
    • Environment
    • Advocacy
    On July 18, 2017, the Kirkland City Council adopted a moratorium prohibiting phased tree retention plans with short plats and subdivisions in the Holmes Point Overlay zone. Effective immediately, short plat and subdivision applications are required to be reviewed through an Integrated Development Plan to show compliance with the tree retention requirements.
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  • Bothell Defers Consideration of Tree Ordinance

    Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in:
    • Environment
    • Advocacy
    At its most recent city council meeting, the city of Bothell deferred consideration of its proposed tree code changes until September at the earliest.
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  • Snohomish County PUD Built Green Incentive Launched

    Posted on Jun 9, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Environment
    • Builders
    • Built Green
    Single-family and multifamily homes are now eligible for a Snohomish County PUD incentive. If Built Green 4-Star is achieved, builders will receive a rebate of $1,200 per house or $300 per multifamily unit.
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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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Mercer Island Continues Review of Development Code

    Posted on Jul 21, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, July 17, the Mercer Island City Council continued their first reading and discussion related to the residential development code (RDC) update. The Council took up the RDC late in their agenda, leaving little time for the code discussion. It’s likely that they will not adopt the full set of code amendments until mid-September.
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  • Duvall Discusses Next Steps for Moratorium

    Posted on Jul 21, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    This week, the Duvall City Council discussed the moratorium and next steps. The administration and Mayor have recommended the City hold a public hearing to remain in moratorium, pending completion of policy work, including its tree protection, sensitive areas, and transportation plans.
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  • Auburn City Council Unanimously Adopts Final Plat Ordinance

    Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, the Auburn City Council voted unanimously to be the first local jurisdiction to make the final plat process on long subdivisions administrative, effective July 23, 2017. This change was enabled by MBA-supported legislation.
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  • Edmonds Adopts Fee Simple Unit Lot Subdivision Code

    Posted on Jun 9, 2017 in:
    • Builders
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    The city of Edmonds has joined a host of other jurisdictions by adopting new code language to allow fee simple unit lot subdivisions. Your Association has been working with jurisdictions throughout the region to adopt such ordinances.
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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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  • Duvall Moratorium Extended to Six Months

    Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in:
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Tuesday, April 18, the Duvall City Council voted to extend its 60-day emergency moratorium on residential plat applications and multi-family applications to six months.
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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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  • Association Wins Key Clarification on Vesting at Supreme Court

    Posted on May 15, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Vesting
    Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an important Order Amending Opinion in the stormwater vesting case.
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Workforce Development