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May 2021


Expanding Olympia’s Residential Building Capacity Under HB 1923

Expanding Olympia’s Residential Building Capacity Under HB 1923

May 20, 2021 by Joyce Phillips
Category: Housing , Guest Author

This blog, the second in a two-part series on how finding missing middle housing can expand affordable housing options, will focus on how Olympia used state-based legislation, E2SHB 1923 and SHB 2343, to encourage the development of more missing middle housing in the city.

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Expanding Affordable Housing Options Through Missing Middle Housing

Expanding Affordable Housing Options Through Missing Middle Housing

May 17, 2021 by Leonard Bauer
Category: Housing , Development Regulations and Zoning , Guest Author

Part 1 of this two-part blog series looks at how a missing middle housing program can bring new affordable housing options to a city, using case studies from Wenatchee, Orting, Lake Stevens, Fife, and Walla Walla.

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Treasury Issues Guidance for Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Treasury Issues Guidance for Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

May 13, 2021 by Eric Lowell
Category: COVID-19 , Federal Funding

This blog post reviews the May 2021 interim guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury regarding how Local Fiscal Recovery Funds may be spent under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), including allowed uses, replacing lost revenues, and reporting requirements.

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Public Records Act Reports Due July 1, 2021

Public Records Act Reports Due July 1, 2021

May 10, 2021 by Sarah Doar
Category: Public Records Act

Any public agency that spends over $100,000 in activities associated with managing public records and responding to public records requests will need to file a report on these activities with the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee by July 1, 2021. 

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What to Consider When Waiving Retainage and Bonds

What to Consider When Waiving Retainage and Bonds

May 6, 2021 by Judy Isaac
Category: Purchasing and Contracting

This blog focuses on why (or why not) an agency might waive retainage and bonds for a public works project.

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New MRSC Website Improvements Make Information Even Easier to Find

New MRSC Website Improvements Make Information Even Easier to Find

May 3, 2021 by Steve Hawley
Category: MRSC News and Updates

This blog post covers recent improvements made to our website that will make it easier for you to find the information that you are seeking.

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