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Building Codes

  • Federal Way Reviews Multifamily Code Amendments

    Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    The Federal Way Planning Commission considered amendments to its zoning and development code related to multi-family housing on Wednesday, April 5. These amendments address many of the concerns that drove the city's moratorium on MF development, adopted on June 7, 2016.
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  • Federal Way Considering Multifamily Housing Code Amendments

    Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    The city of Federal Way has been under moratorium for multifamily development since June of last year, citing the need to reevaluate its zoning standards and MF development code as the driving force. The city has released its proposed amendments to the MF Development Code.
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  • Mercer Island Adopts Fire Sprinkler Ordinance

    Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • Builders
    On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Mercer Island City Council voted 5-1 to adopt fire sprinklers for all new single family homes and substantial remodels.
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Environment

Growth Management

  • Snohomish County Releases Annual Growth Management Report

    Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Growth Management
    Snohomish County has released the latest version of its annual Growth Monitoring Report. Included in the report are growth population trends, lot creation data, building permit activity, and more.
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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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  • Seattle City Council Approves U-District Upzone

    Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in:
    • Builders
    • Growth Management
    • Advocacy
    On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to allow University District building heights to increase up to 320 feet on streets near a planned light rail station and up to 240 feet in other areas.
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Housing Affordability

  • MBA Weighs in on PSRC Economic Strategy

    Posted on May 12, 2017 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    Your Association has submitted a comment letter on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Economic Development Board’s draft Regional Economic Strategy, underscoring the importance of the residential building industry.
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  • MBA Backing Washington SHARES Act to Address Housing Affordability

    Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Advocacy
    Lack of buildable land, low housing inventory, and skyrocketing prices continue to impact families in many parts of Washington State. To address this, the MBA is supporting SB 5254, the Washington SHARES (Supporting Housing Affordability and Real Estate Supply) Act.
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Permitting

Taxes and Fees

Vesting

Workforce Development

  • Congressman Adam Smith, the MBA Agree on Workforce Training Focus

    Posted on May 15, 2017 in:
    • Workforce Development
    • Advocacy
    Your Association was honored to host Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9th District) for a roundtable discussion at the MBA Housing Center in Bellevue last week, featuring discussions on workforce training and regulatory challenges for the residential building industry.
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  • MBA Supports Funding Bill for Career and Technical Education

    Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Workforce Development
    One of the MBA’s priority bills this legislative session is SB 5183, which would increase the state's investment in career and technical education programs throughout our middle and high schools.
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