On Monday, Aug. 11, the Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission voted unanimously to forward a recommendation to the Mountlake Terrace City Council to adopt the proposed transportation and park impact-fee ordinances, extending the 50 percent discount for another three years.
Your Association has been asked to testify Thursday, Sept. 11, before the Senate Government Operations Committee at a work session titled, Finite land and a growing population: How do we prevent a second housing crisis? Will current land use planning be enough? We’ve been asked to speak to the Buildable Lands Program, especially as it relates to the availability of land and housing.
The city of Kirkland’s public works department has revised its original proposal for dealing with right-of-way closures, which would have created a graduated fee structure that was cost prohibitive and would have been strongly opposed by your Association and businesses in Kirkland. The revised proposal is to develop a policy for sidewalk, bike lane and parking lane closures that will be limited in scope and length while providing flexibility to meet the needs of new development.
In response to neighborhood feedback, the city of Bellevue has drafted a set of code provisions to regulate microhousing/microsuite developments.Your Association is studying the code; however, any feedback you may have on specific code provisions would be appreciated.
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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