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February 2014

Governmental Affairs Reporter

Fourth Quarter 2013: October - December

By NWREporter

February 2014

A quarterly report from your Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS®
Fourth Quarter 2013: October - December

For complete text click here (PDF 729KB).

Your Seattle-King County REALTORS® (SKCR) is involved on these issues on your behalf:

Seattle: Eminent Domain

Land Use & Development Regulations

  • Auburn: City targets unpermitted conversions of homes to student rental housing
  • Auburn: City considering changes to tax break rules to encourage more housing
  • Covington: Plans for "hawk property" move forward
  • FEMA: Green River flood maps delayed until at least 2018
  • King County Flood Control District: WRIA gets $1.2 million for water quality projects
  • King County & Seattle: TDR program to provide $16 million in credits
  • City of Kirkland: Development services study
  • Kirkland: Studying TDRs for Totem Lake Urban Center
  • Renton: "Alleys" code interpretation issue resolved

Annexations

  • Maple Valley: "Donut Hole" annexation approved

In Other News

  • Master Builders Association: New Executive Director Shannon Affholter
  • Puget Sound Regional Council: New Executive Director Josh Brown
  • Renton: City moving forward with plans for new aerospace training center
  • Seatac: City to obtain fire services from Kent Regional Fire Authority

Political Affairs

  • Elections in 2013
  • Seattle Elections
  • Seattle Mayor's Race
  • Seattle Council member Richard Conlin's Defeat
  • Seattle District Elections
  • Bellevue races
  • Seatac Deputy Mayor Gregerson to seek appointment to legislature
  • Tahoma School District: Voters give strong approval to $195 Million bond measure
  • REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)
  • Use Your REALTOR® voice! Hill Day January 23, 2014

The REALTOR® Governmental Affairs Reporter is a quarterly publication produced by SKCAR to inform members about current issues and successes within your Governmental Affairs Department. Our next publication will be released in April 2014.

Governmental & Public Affairs Leadership
Bill O'Brien, 2013 VP Governmental & Public Affairs: williamo@johnlscott.com
Patti Hill, 2013 VP-Elect Governmental & Public Affairs: pattih@windermere.com
David Crowell, Director Governmental & Public Affairs: 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.