Your Association has submitted its amicus brief with the State of Washington Court of Appeals, Division II in the appeal of the Pollution Control Hearings Board decision on the NPDES permit related to vesting. The Board and Department of Ecology do not recognize your right to vesting when it comes to the new stormwater permits rules. Those rules are scheduled to go into effect in June of 2015.
Your Association has been urging staff in the City of Kent to reconsider their current approach to tree retention, and we are pleased to announce that on Monday, February 9th, the Economic and Community Development Committee supported staff in their request to study this issue. Staff will be studying a tree credit ordinance drafted and proposed by your Association. This ordinance stands to provide builders with needed flexibility while reducing costs.
Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) visited your Association this week to discuss opportunities for contractors seeking work in the city of Seattle. SHA provides affordable housing to more than 26,000 people in the city of Seattle and owns and operates a variety of buildings on more than 400 sites throughout the city. To help fulfill its general construction, building rehabilitation and maintenance needs, the agency maintains a Small Works Roster to solicit bids from contractors on construction projects, including those estimated to cost up to $200,000 for non-federally funded projects.
Dave Ducharme, your Association's lobbyist in Olympia, reports on the highs and lows of the 2015 Legislative session.
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.
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!
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.