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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 Recap - Report to Members

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Washington State Legislature 2022 End of Session Summary/Update for NAIOPWA Members

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A Rainy Season Discussion on Stormwater

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Stormwater Goals: Slow, Clean, and Cold

Development projects in the Puget Sound region are generating more conversations about stormwater management than ever before. In many ways the Pacific Northwest is on the leading edge in terms of both regulatory updates and elective sustainable design measures implemented by local developers. Every year projects look more progressive than the prior year, and stormwater has become a much more integral part of site design for urban infill projects.

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 Update - Mar 7

The Washington State Legislature is expected to adjourn sine die on Thu, Mar 10. Friday night was the deadline for non-budget bills to pass; now we look at the concurrence process in which differences between House and Senate versions of bills passed are ironed out and the budget is confirmed.

Click here for this week's update (members-only content; login required) on key CRE issues including SEPA reform, GMA vesting, and building codes

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 Update - Feb 28

The Washington State Legislature is down to the last two weeks in the 2022 legislative session, and several bills of interest for CRE continue to be amended and are moving forward, including SEPA reform, GMA vesting, and building codes.

Click here for this week's update (members-only content; login required) on key issues for NAIOPWA members this session. 

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 Update - Feb 21

With just 17 days left in the session, the legislature faces another deadline: Thursday, Feb. 24, is the deadline for bills to be advanced out of opposite-house policy committees. We expect to see supplemental budgets announced this week as well.

Click here for this week's update (members-only content; login required) including information on bills related to CRE with updates on key issues for NAIOPWA members this session. 

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 Update - Feb 14

It's an all-hands-on-deck race to the deadline in this short session! Legislators (and NAIOPWA's Government Affairs team) are working around the clock, every day of the week, to make amendments, address suggested amendments, and pass the bills! NAIOPWA's team focuses on bills and issues that will support a positive business environment for commercial real estate in Washington state. 

Click here for this week's update (members-only content; login required) including information on bills related to CRE with updates on key issues for NAIOPWA members this session. 

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 Update - Feb 7

The 2022 session of the Washington State Legislature is reaching its midpoint.  On February 3, bills needed to pass out of policy committees.  On February 7, all bills must pass out of fiscal committees.  And all bills, unless needed to implement the budget, must pass out of the house of origin by February 15.

The legislative session continues to operate remotely, with all committee hearings entirely remote and floor action mostly remote, with a few legislators in person.

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 Update - Jan 31

Week three is behind us, with this Thursday being the cut-off for all bills to pass out of their committees of origin; after that, the slate will focus on "live" bills of concern to the CRE community.

Click here for this week's update (members-only content; login required) including information on bills related to CRE including possible green roof requirements, rent control, SEPA reform, middle housing and more. 

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NAIOPWA Real Estate Challenge Announces 2022 Site Sponsor: Unico Properties

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The NAIOPWA Real Estate Challenge is proud to announce the 2022 Site Sponsor: Unico Properties 

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 - Week 3 Preview

The Washington State Legislature has completed its second week of the 2022 session. The first of several self-imposed deadlines is February 3; any bill that hasn’t passed out of policy committee and advanced to the Rules or Fiscal Committee by then will be considered dead for the session.

Click here to read a week 3 preview (members-only content; login required) including updates on bills related to CRE including possible green roof requirements, rent control, SEPA reform, middle housing and more. 

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NAIOPWA State Legislature 2022 - Week 1 Report

The 2022 Washington State Legislature convened on January 11 for a 60-day legislative session. In the first week, over 800 new legislative proposals have been introduced, several of interest to NAIOPWA members. Governor Inslee, in his state address, outlined a variety of issues related to increasing housing options and addressing homelessness, as well as a broad suite of programs aimed at reducing the state’s carbon emissions. Some of the most notable bills for NAIOPWA are summarized below. As happens each year, all bills and issues noted will evolve through the course of the session via both public hearings and other negotiations. 

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2021 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Winners

2021 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Winners Announced
Winners highlight creative approaches to land use, community support and more

SEATTLE – Presented on Friday night at the NAIOPWA 2021 Night of the Stars Gala, the awards honored an impressive slate of commercial real estate projects that serve the community with innovations in retail, office, industrial and multi-family development.

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2021 Community Enhancement - Auburn Valley YMCA

 

NAIOP Washington State would like to thank all the financial and in-kind sponsors who made 2021 Community Enhancement at Auburn Valley YMCA possible, as well as the Community Enhancement Committee members who supported this project for over the last two years.

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2021 General Election Briefing: Key Races & Candidates

Ballots for the 2021 General Election will be mailed on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to registered voters in Washington state. Ballots must be completed and returned via U.S. Mail, a local dropbox or election center by 8pm on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The NAIOPWA PAC contributes support to candidates and campaigns that work to create a business-friendly environment in the state. Key races in Seattle & Bellevue are highlighted below. 

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2021 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winners

2021 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winners Announced
Annual People’s Choice Award with Daily Voting Runs Sep. 22 – Oct. 6

SEATTLE – Announced at NAIOP Washington State’s September Breakfast, the slate of competitors for the association’s annual Night of the Stars Awards once again showcases the best commercial real estate development projects across the state completed in the past year.

This year, the CRE industry faced continuing pandemic-related disruptions—from construction challenges including labor shortages, rising costs and global supply chain delays, to lower occupancy in office, multi-family and retail. Yet the developments honored for 2021 as finalists and winners continue to not only reshape the built environment in the Puget Sound region—but also to lead innovation across the nation.


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Sustainability Interview: Matt Elley, AMLI Residential

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AMLI Residential is a market leader in sustainability whose projects include over 44 LEED and 42 Energy Star certifications and was named 2020’s LEED Outstanding Developer of the year. This spring the NAIOPWA Sustainable Development Committee sat down with Matt Elley of AMLI Residential to get his thoughts on the current market in terms of sustainability and what the future could and should bring for multi-family development.

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Bellevue & Seattle MFTE Updates [Member Advocacy Update]

Alongside our efforts at the state level to ensure the continuity of MFTE, the NAIOPWA government affairs/advocacy team continues to work in Seattle and on the Eastside on MFTE program implementation. Over the past year, our East Side Task Force in particular has worked with Bellevue city staff and council members on program amendments that would ensure the program operates more successfully going forward.

Based on feedback from many of our members, our primary areas of focus were:

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Three Big Wins in the 2021 Legislative Session

NAIOPWA has been involved with the state legislative process for more than four decades. It’s with this depth of experience that we report both that the 2021 session was one of the more challenging for our industry in recent years, and how we managed to come out with three significant wins this year.

During the session, dozens of bills were introduced that, if passed, would have had a devastating impact on the commercial real estate development community. While in the end, some of these were favorably amended and several others failed, many of the same issues are expected to return in 2022.

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South Sound Restaurants Get Creative During COVID

The past year’s COVID shutdown and restrictions were especially hard on the restaurant and entertainment industries. Despite the tough times, there have been some positives that have come from the pandemic. There have been many new restaurants, bars and businesses that have opened up over the past year in Washington’s South Sound. To celebrate the innovation that has resulted from challenging circumstances, we are going to share a few uplifting success stories. Many of these places have creatively adapted their business models to government orders or designed a space that allows for optimal ventilation and spread-out seating to keep the public safe and remain compliant with COVID opening regulations.

Below are just a couple of the South Sound eateries that have opened up over the past year, highlighted and shared by our NAIOP South Sound Committee Members.

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UBC Claims Victory in 18th Annual NAIOPWA Real Estate Challenge

The University of British Columbia bested both Portland State University and the University of Washington to emerge as the victor of the 18th Annual NAIOP Washington State Real Estate Challenge!

Teams evaluated the highest and best use for the Alexandria Real Estate-owned site at 1600 Eastlake, which sits at the center of Alexandria’s Eastlake biotech campus. As the site sponsor for the Challenge, Alexandria tasked students with creating a feasible development proposal that would enhance the surrounding biotech campus, enliven the neighborhood, and adhere to Alexandria’s commitment to sustainability.

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