Your Association continues to meet with the Snohomish County Council in advance of its Wednesday, Oct. 1, public hearing on changes to tree regulations. Thus far the reception has been positive. Ordinance 14-073 would remove some of the more onerous existing tree-code provisions that in some cases have completely thwarted development potential of sites. The county proposes switching to a long-term canopy coverage approach rather than focusing on individual tree retention.
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.
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 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.
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!
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