Master Builder

June 2016

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G overnment advocacy is one of the MBA's four strategic priorities and something we've been actively involved in as an Association throughout our history. While your governmental aff airs team does a lot to help facilitate the dialogue on housing with our region's policy makers, it is member engagement with public offi cials that has always been the key to our success. The legislative and policy fi ghts we've won over the years would not be possible without members who are willing to step up and tell the building industry's side of the story. Building relationships and telling our stories is what advocacy is all about. Members Speaking Up for Housing Development Department staff decided to create a user guide that will provide consistency and clarity for applicants working in Redmond. It will establish a process for minor revisions and include a code interpretation sought by our members. These successes help illustrate how your Association provides VESTING WIN Last March, your Association realized a signifi cant victory on one of our top legislative initiatives for 2016. The Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted an ordinance codifying the certainty vesting brings to homebuilders and extending short plats and plats approved before Dec. 31, 2007. The vote on the ordinance followed testimony by fi ve Association members who took the time to explain why these measures are so important. Additionally, your Association has engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the County Council on these and other issues important to the homebuilding industry. All of this groundwork combined with testimony by members helped to make this outcome possible. REDMOND DESIGN STANDARDS Earlier this year, we saw another example of members coming to the table to achieve positive results in Redmond. Members raised concerns over the application of certain design standards in Redmond, and after meeting with city offi cials, saw positive results. The city's Planning and Community There's a saying in politics that your Association has long taken to heart: "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." — U.S. Senator Michael Enzi of Wyoming BY ALLISON BUTCHER SENIOR POLICY ANALYST MASTER BUILDER ASSOCIATION 48 master builder 06.16 government advocacy

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