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Winter 2021

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W e look forward to working with our housing partners to advance solutions addressing the ongoing housing shortage in Washington state and our region. MBAKS' agenda will prioritize bills seeking to streamline overly long permit timelines, facilitate more "missing middle" housing, improve the regulatory climate for housing, and more. Permit Timelines/SEPA Last September, the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee held a work session to examine rising homebuilding costs in the Puget Sound region resulting from high fees and long permit timelines. 2021 MBAKS President Todd Levitt of Murray Franklyn Homes and MBAKS member Sunshine Kapus of Sage Homes Northwest testified of seeing significantly longer delays as local permitting departments struggle to keep up with processing. This is adding costs to projects and sometimes making them unfeasible. Levitt and Kapus advocated for solutions to speed up reviews and streamline the process. BY MARCO LOWE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MBAKS 2022 Legislative Session Preview With the start of the 2022 legislative session fast approaching, MBAKS is gearing up to continue advocating on members' behalf in Olympia, in support of housing and the homebuilding industry. MBAKS' agenda will prioritize bills seeking to streamline overly long permit timelines, facilitate more "missing middle" housing, improve the regulatory climate for housing, and more. Get the latest in housing news at mbaks.com/advocacy During the 2022 session, MBAKS will continue to lobby for permitting reforms designed to shorten the review process and limit duplicative State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review for certain infill development. Other priorities include: • Missing Middle To facilitate more affordable housing choices, such as duplexes and triplexes, MBAKS supports a mandatory bill allowing more than one home per lot in urban areas. • Future Building Code Changes MBAKS supports a delay in implementation of future building code changes to allow more time to prepare for coming changes. • Workforce Development As our industry continues to face a labor shortage, MBAKS will advocate for state funding for workforce training. This year will be a short, 60-day session, making it more challenging to hear positive housing bills advance before key cutoff dates. COVID-19 will also continue to be a factor that could limit the number of bills that are heard, as legislators move into a hybrid mode for the 2022 session with in-person floor action and remote committee days. As always, MBAKS stands ready to play defense against any bad housing bills that emerge. 28 master BUILDER | WINTER 2021 HOUSING ADVOCACY

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