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Snohomish County Tree Ordinance Back on Track

Your Association’s top Snohomish County legislative priority is scheduled to be introduced to the Snohomish County Planning Committee tomorrow. For over one year, important changes to tree requirements have worked their way through a decidedly slow process. After introduction at the committee level, the Snohomish County Council may then schedule a public hearing and ultimately adopt the measure.


Association Continues to Advocate for Tree Code Changes in Snohomish County

Last week your Association and interested members worked hard to make sure proposed changes to Snohomish County tree regulations were put back on the legislative track. It had been our expectation that the Snohomish County Council would have the measure in committee by this time.


Endorsed Candidates Victorious

We’re pleased to report that all Affordable Housing Council (AHC) endorsed candidates made it through last Tuesday’s Primary Election. We’d like to thank everyone who supported these housing-friendly candidates. The AHC will continue to evaluate candidates and will release an updated endorsement list in advance of the Nov. 4 General Election.


Association Launches New Twitter Account Focused on Issue Advocacy

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties recently launched a new Twitter account dedicated solely to issue advocacy and housing. Using the handle @MBAKS_Voice, the new Twitter feed is meant to compliment the Association’s primary account, @MBAKingSno, which tweets about a broad range of housing industry topics.


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.


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.


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.