NAHB Helps HBAs Launch Advocacy Efforts

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on August 28, 2018 0 Comments

Goal Solution Concept on BlackboardNAHB granted state and local HBAs nearly $50,000 during the Midyear Board of Directors Meeting in July to help them with important advocacy issues that could set a precedent for home builders nationwide.

The State and Local Government Affairs Committee recommended the State and Local Issues Fund grants, which were approved by the NAHB Board of Directors.

Among the recipients were:

HBA of Greater Kansas City. The city of Greenwood, Missouri has begun levying builders a street dedication fee, even though street maintenance is covered by property taxes. HBA attorneys believe that this fee is unlawful because the city’s voters never approved it, but the HBA wants to take action before other jurisdictions in the state attempt to adopt a similar ordinance.

The HBA of Greater Kansas City was granted funding to hire a lobbyist and pass state legislation that would pre-empt any future locality from passing a similar street dedication fee.

BIA of Washington. The Washington State Growth Management Act along with regulated minimum density make it increasingly more difficult to keep up with the high demand for homeownership and building in the state.

The BIA of Washington was granted funding to join the “Unlock the Door” campaign, designed to create momentum for home building policies by educating and involving the public and outlining clear policies.

The NAHB State and Local Issues Fund provides to HBAs working on issues affecting housing affordability. For more information about the fund, contact Katie Bernard at 800-368-5242 x8402.

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