Your Association’s efforts to amend Snohomish County tree retention and replacement rules are moving forward. The Snohomish County Planning Commission will be briefed on the measure Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, and will hold its public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25. If the legislation stays on track, these important changes may become law by April of 2014.
Recently the Sammamish City Council moved to abandon a proposed pilot project that would have examined the benefits of gross area to calculate density versus the current net area. Instead – and this could be even more positive than the proposed pilot – the council moved to have the gross density calculation proposal considered as part of the overall comprehensive plan update in 2014.
We have continued our efforts to defeat an onerous fire-sprinkler requirement for all new single-family homes in the city of Kirkland. Your Association has met with most councilmembers, answering questions about possible conflicts between the International Residential Code and the code as adopted in Washington state and Kirkland.
What is changing, why it matters and what MBA membership means for you!
Earlier this year, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA) conducted a survey of its members to help gauge their opinions about the permit process in the two-county area. The survey was intended to help increase the Association’s understanding of how local governments are doing with permitting based on members’ experiences with actual projects. The results of this survey indicate there is room for improvement in all aspects of the permit process across most jurisdictions in King and Snohomish counties.
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!
Under the Affordable Care Act, all employers that provide "applicable employer-sponsored coverage" or essentially a group health insurance plan are now required to report the value of that health care coverage on employee’s W2s starting in 2014.
Your association is pleased to present this quarterly economic report prepared by Matthew Gardner of Gardner Economics, LLC. The report provides an overview of the Seattle metropolitan area’s economy and real estate market. Gardner's report focuses on events that are of interest to the housing industry community and consumers alike.
In his monthly column, guest columnist and renowned economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of GraphsandLaughs, LLC, talks about when the Federal Reserve will start reducing (or tapering) its monthly purchases of $45 billion in Treasuries and $40 billion in mortgage backed securities and how it will come to that decision.