Master Builder

September 2016

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H ousing aff ordability is also the focus of our annual Master Builders Association Housing Summit, September 15 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The Summit has a tremendous lineup of speakers addressing ways to increase the supply of aff ordable workforce housing near job centers, led by Governor Jay Inslee. A buildable lot-supply shortage and regulatory barriers to housing have made this even more challenging, further driving up rents and home prices. Toward that end, the Association supports a comprehensive review of the Growth Management Act's housing-related goals and process for measuring buildable land supply. The homebuilding industry also needs greater predictability when it comes to regulations, specifi cally concerning vested development rights. Vesting provides certainty for all parties that rules which could otherwise jeopardize a project won't change after initiation. However, several court rulings in recent years have reached inconsistent conclusions and severely limited Washington's 'common law' vested rights doctrine. Members Speaking Up for Housing This month we conclude our Primary Contacts Program (PCP) meetings, where we match members and legislators to discuss issues critical to the homebuilding industry. Four core issues highlighted with legislators this past summer include housing aff ordability, buildable land supply, vested development rights and workforce development. Thanks to all participating members. BY ALLISON BUTCHER SENIOR POLICY ANALYST MASTER BUILDER ASSOCIATION 42 master builder 09.16 government advocacy

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