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May 2013

Governmental Affairs Reporter

NWREporter May 2013

A quarterly report from your Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS®
Period Covered: First Quarter 2013: January - March

For complete text click here (PDF 1.546KB).

Flood Plain Levee Victory: King County Supports Kent Levee Design

Land Use and Development Regulations

  • Auburn: Reddington Levee Setback and Extension Project
  • Auburn Victory: City Makes Fee Deferral Ordinance Permanent
  • Burien: City Considers "Sustainable Community" Amendments to Comp Plan
  • Federal Way: Urban Agriculture Proposals Considered
  • Kent: New City Landscaping Requirements
  • City of Sammamish: Impact Fee Ordinance


  • I-90 Tolling
  • Auburn: Receives $1.5 million from Puget Sound Regional Council for Transportation Projects


  • Maple Valley: City Turns to Legislature for Help Annexing "Donut Hole"

Legal Issues

  • Black Diamond: Developments win Legal Battles - Another Council member Resigns
  • Renton: Hospital District #1 (Valley Medical) Appeals Lawsuit to State Supreme Court

In Other News

  • Maple Valley: Named Best Place to Raise Kids in 2013
  • Pacific: City Obtains Liability Insurance, Will Not Have to Dissolve
  • King County: Dembowski Fills District 1 Vacancy

Political Affairs

  • Auburn: Nancy Backus Announces Candidacy for Mayor to Replace Pete Lewis
  • Burien: Council Elects Krakowiak Deputy Mayor
  • Federal Way: Diana Noble-Gulliford and Kelly Maloney Appointed to City Council
  • Pacific: City Council Asking if Form of Government Should be Changed
  • Port of Seattle Commission: Finalist Selected
  • Elections in 2013
  • SKCR Voting Guides
  • REALTORS® Political Action Committee (*RPAC)

SKCR Governmental & Public Affairs

  • Our objective is to enhance REALTOR® profitability by improving the regulatory climate and the political support for housing affordability, quality of life, private property rights and economic vitality.

Governmental & Public Affairs Leadership

  • Bill O'Brien, 2013 VP Governmental & Public Affairs williamo@johnlscott.com
  • Patti Hill, 2013 VP-Elect Governmental & Public A‹airs pattih@windermere.com
  • David Crowell, Director Governmental & Public A‹airs dcrowell@nwrealtor.com
  • Sam Pace, Housing Specialist sam@sampace.com
  • Randy Bannecker, Housing Specialist randy@bannecker.com
  • Cheri Brennan, Public Relations Specialist cheri4pr@sprynet.com
Contact David Crowell at (425) 974-1011 if there are any local legislative issues that need SKCR's attention.

The REALTOR® Governmental affairs reporter is a quarterly publication produced by the SEATTLE King County REALTORS® to inform members about current issues and successes within your Governmental Affairs Department. Our next publication will be released in June 2013.

For complete text click here (PDF 1.546KB).