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Building Codes

  • Kirkland Geologically Hazardous Areas Ordinance in Effect

    Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The updated ordinance will apply when development is on property that is identified as a seismic or landslide hazard area, along with site-specific geotechnical reports.
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  • Updated Common Interest Community Requirement Information Available

    Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The 2018 legislature adopted a slew of new requirements that apply to condominiums, subdivisions, and other planned communities. JMMK Law has provided a summary of areas of interest to MBAKS members regarding these requirements.
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  • 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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Environment

Growth Management

  • 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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Housing Affordability

  • How Should VISION 2050 Address Housing and Housing Affordability?

    Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Recently, the Growth Management Policy Board discussed how the region should plan for current and future housing needs in VISION 2050. A presentation on current housing policies and data kicked off the board’s discussion.
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  • 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

  • Seattle Adopts Requirements for New Early Community Engagement

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The city of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods' new Early Community Outreach Design Review guidelines take effect July 1, 2018 and apply to projects going through streamlined, administrative, or full design review.
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  • Renton CA Zone Moratorium Update

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Your association recently met with the Mayor of Renton, City Administrator, and Director of Community and Economic Development to discuss the recently adopted moratorium on townhome development in the Commercial Arterial (CA) zone.
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  • Renton Imposes Moratorium in Commercial Arterial Zone on Townhome Development

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, June 4, the Renton City Council voted to impose an emergency moratorium on townhome development in the Commercial Arterial (CA) zone. The CA zone currently allows for a variety of retail sales, services, and other commercial activities, including residential uses through mixed-use building and townhome development.
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  • Snohomish County to Allow Pre-Submittal Deviation Requests

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Builders Councils
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    Snohomish County will soon allow land use applicants to make deviation requests before their application submittals. The common-sense measure will create much more certainty for members and expedite permit processing.
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  • King County Adopts Administrative Approval Ordinance

    Posted on Apr 20, 2018 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, April 16, the King County Council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2017-0436, allowing for administrative approval of final plats. This measure will bring greater predictability and efficiency to the permit process by reducing unnecessary delays at final plat approval.
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  • Snohomish County Health District Launches Online Application Portal

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Builders Councils
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    This week, Snohomish Health District Administrator Jeff Ketchel and his staff detailed the District’s new online portal at MBAKS’s monthly DBIC meeting.
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  • Maple Valley Adopts Administrative Approval of Final Plats

    Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, the Maple Valley City Council voted to adopt an ordinance to allow for administrative approval of final long plats, with an effective date of March 28.
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Taxes and Fees

  • City of Lake Stevens Considers Traffic and Park Mitigation Fee Increases

    Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This week, city of Lake Stevens staff presented councilmembers with a summary of current city traffic and park impact fees, as compared to other jurisdictions within the region.
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  • City of Seattle Studying Impact Fees

    Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    In March, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and the Sustainability and Transportation Committee requested a study on impact fees to fund improvements to roads, parks, and schools.
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  • CFC Stormwater Fee Increase in North Bend

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Advocacy
    The North Bend City Council has adopted an increase in “Capital Facilities Charges” (CFC) stormwater fees, from $870 to $2,526 per “Equivalent Service Unit” (ESU) with an annual increase or decrease on January 1 of each year.
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  • AWWD Adopts Reduced Flat Fee GFC Increase

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Monday, June 4, Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) Commissioners adopted staff-proposed flat rate increases. Your association worked with staff to amend the previously proposed, significantly higher 1” fee.
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  • Kent City Council Adopts Cap to School Impact Fees

    Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    On Tuesday June 5, the Kent City Council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance to cap the collection of school fees at $8,229 for single family and $8,386 for multifamily.
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  • AWWD Substantially Lowers Proposed GFC Increases

    Posted on May 25, 2018 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    At a recent Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) Board of Commissioner’s meeting, staff recommended adoption of a flat 1” rate for all residential connections of $2,892, a savings of $4,339 per connection.
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  • 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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  • 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

  • Snohomish County School Impact Fee Vesting Ordinance Introduced

    Posted on May 18, 2018 in:
    • Vesting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Snohomish County Council has introduced proposed ordinance 18-036, a first-of-its-kind measure that would vest school impact fees for five years from time of complete application. This is your association’s top Snohomish County legislative priority for 2018.
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Workforce Development