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Sustainability ‘Action’ Plan?

Sustainability ‘Action’ Plan? Spokane is desperate for sustainable solutions but may be adopting plans that aren’t feasible.   In the months leading up to City Council’s vote on adopting the Sustainability Action Plan (SAP), local housing sector leaders have published a third-party feasibility study. On Monday night, City Council voted to approve the final draft of…

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2021 SHBA Endorsements

2021 SHBA Endorsements Find More About Government Affairs Home Ownership Member Articles Member Resources Mental Health Uncategorized Search by Date Search by Date Select Month October 2021 September 2021 August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 January 2021 December 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020…

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A Tale of Two Lawsuits: How One Seattle Law Firm Silenced Voters on Both Sides of the State

A Tale of Two Lawsuits: How One Seattle Law Firm Silenced Voters on Both Sides of the State Q: What do homelessness in Seattle and natural gas in Spokane have in common? A: The Seattle-based law firm Smith and Lowney.   Two weeks ago, two judges ruled on separate lawsuits filed by this Seattle-based firm, to…

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Spokane County is Changing

Spokane County is Changing Spokane County Will Go From Three, to Five Districts Following recent legislation out of Olympia, Spokane County will go from three Commissioner districts to five districts next year. This is due to a rapidly growing population, and the need for more representation. Spokane Home Builders Association members are in a unique…

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SHBA Announces Endorsements for City Council

SHBA Announces Endorsements for City Council The Spokane Home Builders Association PAC has announced their endorsements for the Spokane, Spokane Valley, Deer Park, and Moses Lake City Council races. In Spokane, they have endorsed Jonathan Bingle and Mike Lish. For Spokane Valley, Pam Haley and Laura Padden. In Deer Park, Hazel McGillivray, Jason Upchurch and Richard…

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It is Time to Abandon the Housing Action Plan

It is Time to Abandon the Housing Action Plan Sign the Petition For more than a decade, Spokane has failed to build enough homes to meet the demands of our growing community. As a result, housing prices are increasing at never-before-seen pace. On July 12th, the Spokane City Council will vote on its Housing Action…

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Builders Forced to Turn Away Business

Builders Forced to Turn Away Business Housing Crisis in the News This comes as no surprise- due to the increasing cost of land, labor and lumber, builders are in trouble. Buyers are not able to afford a home and the existing supply is quickly evaporating. We have now gotten to a point where builders must…

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First-time home buyers increasingly priced out of Washington housing market

First-time home buyers increasingly priced out of Washington housing market Is Relief in Sight for Spokane Residents? (Click the photo above to view video) With a hot home buyer’s market and ongoing shortage of new construction, home builders are troubled by a growing crisis in housing: People in middle and lower-income brackets are increasingly priced…

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City Council Doubles Down on Housing Crisis Denial

City Council Doubles Down on Housing Crisis Denial It’s time for the City to take action on housing, not spark political wars It is disappointing to see city leaders again dodge an opportunity for real dialogue and solutions for hurting families in Spokane.  Instead of providing alternatives or explaining the council’s stance, Mr. Beggs’ rebuttal threw…

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Housing Crisis Not Urgent?

Housing Crisis Not Urgent? Why is Spokane’s Housing Crisis Not a Priority to City Council? Housing inventory in Spokane is at an all-time low. Home prices have increased 21% in Spokane County from April 2020 to April 2021. Energy codes that went into effect February 1 of this year added $20,000-$30,000 to the cost of a…

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