Advocacy Update – October 2023

This Month in Advocacy: Public Hearing on Proposed Transportation Impact Fees; Seattle's 2024 Budget Deliberations; Rolling Clock Policy; Advocacy in Action series; and AIA National Campaign for R&D Tax Credit Fix

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Public Hearing on Proposed Transportation Impact Fees

Last week, the Seattle City Council voted to expedite an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan concerning transportation impact fees. The proposal has been sent to the full Council for a public hearing on November 7th at 2:00 pm.

Council Bill 120635 aims to amend the transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan, specifying how transportation impact fees would be implemented and which projects could receive funding. It’s important to note that any decision to officially adopt these fees will be made at a later date.

We encourage our members to participate in the public hearing and share their perspectives. You can testify during the council meeting on November 7th. This presents a valuable opportunity for AIA Seattle members to testify as individuals to provide insights and expertise regarding the potential impact of these changes on the architectural landscape in Seattle.

Seattle’s 2024 Budget Deliberations

Starting on September 27, 2023, the Seattle City Council began its annual budget deliberations, following the delivery of Mayor Bruce Harrell’s proposed 2024 Budget Adjustments. This process directly impacts the allocation of resources in our city and the overall quality of life for Seattle residents.

Here’s how you can get informed and make your voice heard:

  1. Watch Budget Meetings: The City Council conducted all-day budget meetings last week to review the proposed adjustments. Recordings of these meetings are available to view anytime.
  2. Public Comment Opportunities: As the Budget Committee continues its work, you have an opportunity share your comments verbally on Friday, October 27th. You can sign up to speak two hours before the session, whether in person or remotely.
  3. Public Hearings: In addition, the Council is holding public hearings dedicated to hearing from the public about their budget priorities. Again, you can sign up to speak two hours before the session, either in person or remotely. The upcoming hearing is on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 5:00 PM.
  4. Provide Written Feedback: The City encourages you to share your insights in writing anytime.
  5. Resources for Understanding the Budget: The City has created tools to help you understand Seattle’s budget, and there’s an interactive guide for those new to the process.

Your involvement is vital in ensuring that the budget reflects the needs and aspirations of our community, including the architectural and design aspects that make our city vibrant and livable.


AIA Washington’s Push to Eliminate Restrictive “Rolling Clock” Policy

The recent decision by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to retire the “rolling clock” policy, which imposed a five-year expiration on passed divisions of the Architect Registration Examination, is a significant move towards fostering inclusivity and diversity within our industry.

However, Washington state remains one of the last two states where this policy is written into statute, presenting a significant challenge for aspiring architects. In response, AIAWA will spearhead a bill during the upcoming legislative session to eliminate this restrictive policy, and we need your support!

If you have a compelling story about how the rolling clock policy has affected your journey to licensure, we want to hear from you! Reach out to Tammie Sueirro or Samantha Morrow to provide your perspective and learn more about opportunities to share your story with the Legislature. Your voice and stories can make a real difference in this effort.

Moreover, mark your calendars for Capitol Connections on January 23, 2024, where AIA Washington will be discussing the rolling clock bill. This event will be a great opportunity to connect with your legislators and share how this policy has impacted your professional journey.

This lobby day promises not only to be impactful but also an enjoyable experience for both members and legislators. Your participation is crucial in making our collective voice heard on this important matter that will help shape our industry’s future for the better.

Stay tuned for more information.

Advocacy in Action

AIAWA is excited to announce the return of our Advocacy in Action series, an informative two-part webinar program designed to empower you as architect advocates. This series is tailored to emerging professionals and students but is open to everyone who is passionate about advocating for issues that matter to them.

Part One: Advocacy 101

  • Date: November 9, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: Online

In the first installment on November 9, you will delve into the essentials of advocacy. Discover how AIAWA works to safeguard our profession and address critical issues. Learn how you, as an architect, can play a pivotal role in shaping the future and engaging on matters important to you. This session will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to become an effective advocate.

Part Two: 2024 Legislative Session Preview

  • Date: December 7, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: Online

Part two of the series will serve as preview of what to expect in the 2024 legislative session. Gain insights into the upcoming legislative agenda and how it impacts the architectural field. Stay ahead of the curve and be prepared to actively engage in the legislative process.

Whether you’re an emerging professional, a seasoned architect, or simply someone who cares deeply about the issues that shape our profession, this series is for you. Join us to strengthen your advocacy skills and make a meaningful impact.

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We look forward to your participation in the Advocacy in Action series.


AIA National Campaign for R&D Tax Credit Fix

AIA National has issued a call to action for its members to contribute their voices and stories to their campaign aimed at advocating for a fix to the R&D (174) tax credit. This campaign targets key members of Congress, including Senator Cantwell of Washington.

Recent changes to the tax R&D tax credit have raised concerns about its impact on architectural firms, prompting the need for urgent action.

AIA Seattle members are encouraged to share their personal experiences, stories, and insights related to the changes in the 174 credit. These testimonials will serve as valuable resources to the AIA National campaign to persuade Congress to act.

To contribute your story or insights, please email Stephanie Lamore.