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Issues & Impacts Q4 2023

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Issues & Impacts Q4 2023

Back to News Center Issues & Impacts is a quarterly publication produced by Seattle King County REALTORS® to inform members about current issues and successes within the Government Affairs Department. IN THIS ISSUE: Major Victory in Seattle City Council Races Seattle Voters Pass Housing Levy Maple Valley Passes Property Tax…

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Major Victory in Seattle City Council Races

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Major Victory in Seattle City Council Races

Back to News Center Out of six Seattle City Council candidates endorsed by Seattle King County REALTORS®, four were elected by Seattle residents, flipping the Council to a more moderate position. For the past several years, the Seattle City Council has presided over a severe erosion of quality of life…

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Seattle Voters Pass Housing Levy

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Seattle Voters Pass Housing Levy

Back to News Center For nearly four decades, the SKCR-supported Housing Levy has been an important funding mechanism for the creation of subsidized housing in Seattle. The levy has funded the construction and preservation of more than 12,000 homes and assisted organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, promote homeownership. The 2023 Housing…

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Property Tax Increase for Police Funding

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Property Tax Increase for Police Funding

Back to News Center Voters in the City of Maple Valley have approved a “Levy Lid Lift” to increase property taxes to pay for police services. The November ballot measure, which was approved by 66% of voters, restricts the use of $2.2 million in additional funding for police services only.…

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Woodinville Sign Code Update

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Woodinville Sign Code Update

Back to News Center SKCR continues to work with the City of Woodinville Planning Commission as it contemplates amendments to its sign code that would affect real estate signage. Our goal is to guard against any changes that would constrain the use of on-premises for sale signs and off-premises open…

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Covington Revisions to Permitting Process

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Covington Revisions to Permitting Process

Back to News Center Covington is among the cities working to bring its development regulations, specifically its permitting processes, into compliance with new mandates on cities and counties in Senate Bill 5290, which the legislature passed during the 2023 session. The bill requires that: Within 20 business days of a…

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Countywide Planning Policy Amendments

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Countywide Planning Policy Amendments

Back to News Center Under Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA), each county must adopt Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs). Along with GMA and Multicounty Planning Policies, those countywide policies govern and guide the comprehensive plan and development regulations in each of the county’s cities. Those CPPs are updated periodically, typically after…

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SKCR Helps Kill 3 of 4 Seattle Tax Proposals

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on SKCR Helps Kill 3 of 4 Seattle Tax Proposals

Back to News Center The outgoing Seattle City Council did not go quietly. They considered several new or increased taxes as part of the 2023 budget process. SKCR urged the council to evaluate current spending, use all available revenues, prioritize spending, and generate economic activity before considering any new revenues.…

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Cities Act to Embrace Various Legislation

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Cities Act to Embrace Various Legislation

Back to News Center The 2023 legislative session in Olympia was dubbed the “Housing Session” based on numerous bills passed by legislators to increase the supply of housing throughout the state. Now, cities are working to implement the new legislative mandates, with early action focused on Accessory Dwelling Units and…

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Seattle Passes Commercial Lease Legislation

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Seattle Passes Commercial Lease Legislation

Back to News Center Outgoing Councilmember Lewis passed legislation that would impose significant limits on personal guarantees and security deposits associated with commercial lease agreements. While the bill applies only to commercial property, SKCR views it as an opener to commercial rent control and a reduction in property rights. We…

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