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City of Issaquah Presents Substantial Transportation Impact-Fee Increase

On Nov. 10, the Issaquah City Council received a presentation on the city's updated transportation impact fee study, which outlines large increases in transportation impact fees. Your Association’s governmental affairs staff and members have met with city several times this year to discuss the concurrency study, transportation project list and possible impact fee proposals. The proposed fees mark a substantial increase over the current schedule.

 

Snohomish County Permit Applications Dramatically Rise

In the wake of recently adopted changes to tree replacement regulations, Snohomish County has seen a large spike in new single-family permit applications. The week of Oct. 20 saw a near tripling of recent permit activity, which easily eclipsed any other week’s numbers in 2014.

 

Advocacy Roundtables Continue to Prove Valuable

The Renton Roundtable, held for the first time on March 14, 2014, continues to be a valuable resource for the city of Renton and Association members. Roundtable meetings are intended to generate an early and informed discussion regarding development activity and regulations within a city and to further a mutually beneficial relationship between city staff, elected officials and Association members. While our Association holds these meetings with a few cities (Lynnwood, Covington and Auburn), Renton is exceptionally active, and they have many proposed amendments on the horizon.

 

Small-Lot and Microhousing Changes Discussed at Seattle Council Hearing

Last Friday, April 18, the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee held a public hearing on small-lot legislation and a briefing on proposed changes to microhousing. Unfortunately the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) small-lot legislation makes the code more confusing and would have the unintended consequence of preventing existing single-family residents from adding on to their homes.

 

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!

 

Economic Forecast, 2nd Half of 2014: Increasing Momentum, Reduced Headwinds

Guest columnist and renowned economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, This gives an economic forecast for GDP, employment, inflation and a time-line for Fed action regarding short-term interest rates.