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Nov 12, 2021

Increasing Residential Building Capacity

Cities across Washington are experiencing a housing crisis due to unprecedented growth, especially across the Puget Sound Region. A lack of affordable options has left households financially strained with limited opportunities to improve. Cities, particularly smaller ones, find themselves in a unique predicament. They’re tasked with striking a balance between the critical need to increase capacity without displacing existing residents and disrupting the community’s unique identity. To help cities address these challenges, the Washington State Department of Commerce has rolled out funding programs to ensure that everyone is housed in their communities.Read More

Cities across Washington are experiencing a housing crisis due to unprecedented growth, especially across the Puget Sound Region. A lack of affordable options has left households financially strained with limited opportunities to improve. Cities, particularly smaller ones, find themselves in a unique predicament. They’re tasked with striking a balance between the critical need to increase capacity without displacing existing residents and disrupting the community’s unique identity. To help cities address these challenges, the Washington State Department of Commerce has rolled out funding programs to ensure that everyone is housed in their communities.

In 2019, the Department of Commerce introduced a grant program funded through House Bill 1923 that allowed cities to adopt a housing action plan or implement policies that would help increase residential building capacity. These plans and policies would create allowances for more multifamily housing types within single-family zones, authorize accessory dwelling units, or allow for more flexible development of single-family lots through clustering or lot size averaging. The grant program provided funding to 66 cities, and Blueline had the pleasure of working with four of them to either implement code provisions or write a housing action plan.

In 2021, Commerce announced another round of funding for cities planning under the Growth Management Act to adopt new housing action plans or implement strategies from previously adopted housing action plans. The grant is known as HAPI (Housing Action Plan and Implementation). Cities over 20,000 in population can apply for up to $100,000, and cities under 20,000 can apply for up to $75,000. This grant opportunity has excellent timing, as cities are gearing up for their 2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update. Parameters for the housing elements have become more intensive, and more analysis of a city’s housing needs is required under HB 1220, among other studies. Cities that apply for the HAPI grant will have the opportunity to kickstart this process backed by funding.

Blueline has played an extremely active role in these two grants programs. We’ve completed two housing action plans, one for the City of Arlington and another for the City of Black Diamond. We also completed code amendments for the City of Algona and the City of Sultan. Currently, we are working on completing HAPI grant applications for 12 different jurisdictions. While these two grant opportunities have ended, there is always next year!

In the meantime, if your city needs help writing and implementing code provisions to increase residential building capacity, conducting a housing needs assessment for your 2024 Housing Element, or any other housing assistance, please contact our Director of Planning, Eric Jensen.

Jun 03, 2021

Evaluating the New Seattle Stormwater Code

Is your Seattle Development applying for a construction permit after July 1, 2021? Let Blueline help you evaluate the new stormwater code!Read More

Is your Seattle Development applying for a construction permit after July 1, 2021? Let Blueline help you evaluate the new stormwater code!

Blueline has been working closely with Seattle Public Utilities and other industry professionals to evaluate and provide relevant feedback regarding the stormwater code change being implemented this July in Seattle. We’ve listed some relevant changes below. We’d love to discuss your new project and how these code changes can fit with your design goals.

  • Stormwater, foundation drainage, and groundwater (only permanent) may need to find a new discharge location! This type of water discharge will no longer be allowed to discharge to a ‘formerly combined’ sewer main. Discharge to a combined main will be restricted unless the project meets certain exceptions. This change may impact your project, but there are ways to come up with a cost-effective solution.
  • Is there a ditch or culvert system fronting your project? Beware – a storm main extension may still be required!
  • A standard downstream analysis will be required by a professional for any new development.
  • Detention will now be triggered if your project adds 5,000 square feet of new hard surface. A quick area take off can let you know if you are triggering detention requirements with your proposed development.
  • Non-infiltrating bioretention planter sizing factors are reducing. Applying this requirement to your site can help you find out how much bioretention square footage can be reduced.

If you need help with your project or have more questions, please contact Project Manager, Kimberly McNabb. You can also visit SPU’s Revisions Page for the full list: Updating Stormwater Regulations – Project Documents – SDCI | seattle.gov

 

Aug 17, 2020

Meet Our Board of Directors

In 2019, Blueline formed a Board of Directors to guide strategic growth. The board consists of three members of Blueline’s leadership group, Brian Darrow, PE, President and CEO and Principals Todd Oberg, PE, and Ken Lauzen, PE; along with two external industry leaders, A-P Hurd, President of SkipStone, and Michael Crill, Managing Director of Atlas Accelerator. Blueline’s external directors will bring an objective, independent view to internal and external corporate initiatives.Read More

In 2019, Blueline formed a Board of Directors to guide strategic growth. The board consists of three members of Blueline’s leadership group, Brian Darrow, PE, President and CEO and Principals Todd Oberg, PE, and Ken Lauzen, PE; along with two external industry leaders, A-P Hurd, President of SkipStone, and Michael Crill, Managing Director of Atlas Accelerator. Blueline’s external directors will bring an objective, independent view to internal and external corporate initiatives.

Get to know more about our board members.

May 04, 2020

Blueline BUILD: A Campaign for Mary’s Place

Click here to donate to the Blueline BUILD Campaign for Mary’s Place.

Click here to view the list of Mary’s Place needed items.

For donation pick-up, please email Blueline at BUILD@thebluelinegroup.com.

Blueline’s mission is: To build people. To build relationships. To build communities. In this time of need, we seek to Be Uplifting & Influence a Lasting Difference (BUILD) in our community. In that spirit, we present our first BUILD campaign where, in May, we will support Mary’s Place.

Mary’s Place needs our help to keep their doors open, loving staff on the front lines, food on the table, and to open more space to keep families safe and healthy!

We are reaching out to clients and partners to help us meet a goal of raising $2,500 in May for Mary’s place. Blueline is getting this goal started by donating $500. In addition we will offer to pick up gently used items from people’s porches (COVID safe of course) and box them up for delivery to Mary’s Place (when they are accepting used donations again).

Mar 19, 2020

Message From Our President Regarding COVID-19

During these uncertain times, Blueline is committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service we can while also supporting the well-being of our employees and their families.Read More

During these uncertain times, Blueline is committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service we can while also supporting the well-being of our employees and their families.

To support recommendations around social distancing, we have implemented systems that allow all our employees to work remotely. We will continue to provide continuity for our clients to move projects forward. Until further notice, all meetings, both internal and external, will take place via conference or video call.

As a company, we remain dedicated to our clients and employees and are prepared to support everyone as best we can while minimizing disruptions to projects.

Stay safe and healthy out there!

Brian J Darrow, PE
President | CEO