Government Affairs

We strive to make it easier for you to help your clients by:
 
Sign Codes 
Fighting for your right to advertise your clients home. Whether through open house signs, or for sale signs, we fight to make sure you can adequately advertise your listings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Provide the option of more housing units 
The lack of available inventory in Snohomish County is directly leading to the lack of affordable homes in our county.  Unless more inventory is provided, we face the great danger of no longer being known as a family friendly place to live.  We continue to work with our elected officials to find ways to add quality inventory, while still protecting our environmentally sensitive areas.
                                                                                           
Fight the regulatory fight  
So many land use regulations, who can keep track of them all? We do! We monitor every City Council and the County Council to ensure any regulations passed do not become barriers to home ownership.
 
Member ran - get involved!
Our legislative decisions consist of two joint committees: the Government Affairs Committee, which determines which positions SCCAR will take on various issues; and the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC), which makes endorsements for political candidates and works on our relationships with our elected officials.

Any member of the association is welcome to attend either committee. We meet every month. Please email govaffairs@sccar.org if you would like more information or have any questions.
 

What SCCAR has done in the recent year...

Mukilteo: Sign Codes

In September of 2023, Mukilteo City Council and Planning Commission restarted work on updating their Sign Code to be in compliance with the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert (2015). After an unfortunate meeting where the council took a very restrictive stance, Mat(SCCAR REP.) sent a letter to the City Councilors and had several correspondences with Councilman Tom Jordal and Planning Manager Kristina Cerise where Mat was able to suggest changes to the code which would protect REALTOR® rights.

The following month, on October 19th, Mat attended a Planning Commission meeting where the first draft of the proposed codes was read and discussed. Planning Manager Cerise informed the Commission that the city attorney had pushed back on the prohibition of yard signs because of issues pertaining to the abridgement of political speech.

The Sign Codes have not yet been adopted, but the codes will be less restrictive because of REALTOR® party involvement.

Snohomish County: Remand Ordinance – ADUs

In late September, the County Council passed a motion to re-adopt more stringent ADU zoning regulations, reversing a previously adopted ordinance which would have lessened the burden put on developers and property owners.

Mat sent a letter to the Council to urge the council towards less restrictive regulations on ADUs. Mat also met with Senior Legislative Analyst Ryan Countryman to discuss the draft ordinance being reviewed by the Planning Commission and the future of ADU-friendly legislation at the county level – advocating in-favor of policies promoting both rural and urban ADU development.

City of Snohomish: Municipal Code Updates – Chapter 14

In October, the Snohomish City Planning Commission began consideration of changes to Chapter 14 of the Snohomish Municipal Code, relating to affordable housing policies. The new changes would add expedited the permit review processes, increase the density bonus incentive for developers, and reduce fees.

In response to the agenda and proposed items, Mat wrote a letter and attended the Planning Commission meeting to voice strong support for the proposed legislation and recommended additional REALTOR-friendly policies.

In December, Mat attended a public hearing at the Planning Commission for the draft legislation. Mat provided a public comment on behalf of SCCAR in support of the legislation and reiterated that the planning commission should continue to provide market-driven affordable housing policy recommendations to the city council.

Mill Creek: Legislative Priority Recommendations

In November, the Mill Creek City Council held a meeting where they announced their 2024 legislative agenda. Among the items listed were several policy areas related to land-use, ADUs & DADUs, and infrastructure.

In response to the pre-published priorities, Mat wrote a letter to the council encouraging them to carefully consider how they might affect positive change in the housing market with ADU/DADU legislation as well as transportation infrastructure. Mat also advocated for legislation relating to condominium development and UGA expansion, explaining how such policies could steer towards positive market changes.