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Snohomish County Tree Measure Advances

Snohomish County’s proposed ordinance that would rewrite its regulations on tree retention and replacement was passed out of the county’s Planning Commission with no recommendation. Importantly, the proposal will now head to the county council for consideration after some refinements by Planning and Development Services (PDS).

 

Your Association Holds Quarterly Round-Table with the City of Auburn

On Tuesday, April 8, The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA) held the first ever Quarterly Round-Table meeting with the city of Auburn at Auburn City Hall. The Round-Table meetings are chaired by Councilmember John Holman and provide a forum for early and informed discussions on issues that affect our industry. Councilmember Wayne Osborne also joined the discussion with Jeff Tate, Keven Snyder, and many MBA members.

 

Enumclaw Proposes to Consolidate Development Standards and Adopt Zero Lot-Line Ordinance

The Enumclaw City Council recently heard the first reading of an ordinance that will implement three significant changes: (1) setbacks will be measured from the property line to the foundation of the house, as opposed to the eves; (2) the zoning code will be consolidated into one new chapter for the purpose of streamlined predictability; and (3) the city will allow and encourage fee simple ownership of land in the R-4 multifamily zone by implementing a zero lot-line ordinance. The council will hear a second reading on Monday, April 14.

 

Snohomish County Planning Commission Hears Tree Ordinance

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.

 

Everett Fee Simple Ordinance Scheduled for Public Hearing

Your Association’s proposed fee-simple unit-lot subdivision measure has been scheduled for a public hearing before the Everett City Council on Wednesday, April 23. These code amendments will allow for the subdivision of townhouse developments in the multifamily zones to be conveyed through a subdivision process rather than a condominium process. The fee simple ownership allows for individuals to own the unit as well as the land it occupies, without changing anything on the ground.

 

Smart Growth Seattle Hires Roger Valdez as its Full-Time Director

Smart Growth Seattle today announced that Roger Valdez will be the full time director of the organization. It has also expanded its partnership to include the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and others.

 

Health Care Reform 101

What is changing, why it matters and what MBA membership means for you!

 

Association Releases Report Highlighting Permit Survey Results

Earlier this year, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA) conducted a survey of its members to help gauge their opinions about the permit process in the two-county area. The survey was intended to help increase the Association’s understanding of how local governments are doing with permitting based on members’ experiences with actual projects. The results of this survey indicate there is room for improvement in all aspects of the permit process across most jurisdictions in King and Snohomish counties.

 

Receive Up to $13,500 Back With L&I's Stay at Work Program

Labor & Industries' (L&I) "Stay at Work" program s a new financial incentive program that encourages employers to bring their injured workers quickly and safely back to light-duty or transitional work by reimbursing them for a portion of their costs. Your association recently had a Group Retrospective Insurance Program (GRIP) participant who received the full $10,000 reimbursement, so you will want to check this out!

 

Reservations About the Dollar (Eisenberg, March 2014)

Guest columnist and renowned economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, talks about the role of the US dollar as "the world currency" and its prospects of keeping this status going forward given our current economic condition.

 

Economic Forecast 2014: Steady Improvement and Less Fiscal Drag

In his monthly column, guest columnist and renowned economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, gives an economic forecast for housing starts, GDP, employment, inflation and more.

 

Tampering with Tapering

In his monthly column, guest columnist and renowned economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, talks about when the Federal Reserve will start reducing (or tapering) its monthly purchases of $45 billion in Treasuries and $40 billion in mortgage backed securities and how it will come to that decision.