Political Advocacy

 The Utah Valley Home Builders Association is looking out for its members. Advocacy to local, state and national policy makers and other regulatory bodies on behalf of the building industry is a critical component of the HBA’s mission. Get involved by joining the Government Affairs Committee.  The Government Affairs committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm.  Next meeting is June 15, 2017. RSVP 801-225-8893.    Below is the current items the committee is working on:

* Home Builders Association of Utah had an outstanding year at the 2017 State Legislature.  Ross Ford, HBA of Utah Executive Officer reported that of the 32 bills HBA was involved in 31 bills were successfully passed in our favor.  The one bill that did not go through is in committee for the summer and will be back in 2018.  Below is a quick executive summary. For a complete review, please text Deann Huish at 801-372-3900 to request the report.

HB37 State Const Code Amendments:  Eliminates arc-fault interrupters from single family homes.

HB89  Impact Fee Reporting:  Requires municipalities to give a complete filing with state auditor at end of year all impact fees they have in accounts.

HB279 Impact Fee Amendment:  All impact fee refunds to be distributed to the owner of the property when fees were paid.  

SB154 Solar Access:  Allows HOA's to allow solar panels to owners.

SB241 Local Govt Plan Review:  Requires local governments to complete plan review on SF within 14 business days - multi-family plan review within 21 business days.  

*  A Class Action Law Suit against Timpanogos Special Service District (TSSD) is moving forward to recover impact fees paid since 2009.  A trial date has been set for mid-June. The law firm of Kirton & McConkie has been secured to help move the lawsuit forward. Visit the website www.tssdcase.com  for more details.

 * FRIENDS OF HOUSING PAC GOLF TOURNAMENT.   A BIG Thank You to all who came and golfed, sponsored holes, breakfast, carts and treats.  We brought in $4,200 to our Friends of Housing PAC.  Besides a great day of networking and building contacts, the PAC  funds will be used to help us elect local city officials who are responsive to affordable housing in Utah county.  

*IMPACT FEES. 2017 is definitely a busy year for our local municipalities to revisit their Impact Fee studies.  

American Fork  open house on Tuesday, May 16 was driven by the TOD (Transit Oriented Development) and covered Water, PI, Storm Drain, Sewer, Roads, Parks, Public Safety methodology.  The IFA is not complete and therefore there are no new numbers of actual impact fees proposed at this time  Zions representatives were there at the Open House and informed us that the draft of the IFFP will be distributed by June 7th.  We will keep you informed and up-to-date as the IFFP progresses.  Thank you to DR Horton for sending a representative to the meeting as well as UVHBA staff.

Provo is just beginning the process of hiring a firm to do their IFFP.  

Salem council voted March 15 to have a new impact fee: Transportation.  This new impact fee of $1,460 will be in effect on June 19th.  

Payson had a completed Water, Public Safety and Parks/Recreation IFFP completed.  UVHBA found some errors in the study and so Payson is now waiting for the new IFFP to be completed.  The issues pointed out by UVHBA in Payson will save builders $550.  

Spanish Fork council voted on April 18th for their new IFFP and IFA.  The sum of all impact fees in Spanish Fork will be going down $122.

Eagle Mountain city council voted on a new Transportation/Road impact fee May 2.  They are based on location in the city:  North Transportation Impact Fee raising to $2,268.  South Impact Fee $3,800 and the West Transportation Impact Fee raising to $1,928.  Effective August 1, 2017. UVHBA representatives met with the city before the fees went to Council and the North Impact fee was reduced by $1000!!

Other cities are in the process of new Impact fee studies include: Pleasant Grove, Orem and Lehi. 

 Friends of Housing PAC plays an important role in supporting candidates who understand and  support our industry. Your contributions fund the work of responsive government and affordable housing.  Please be generous with your donations in 2017.  Every city in Utah county will be electing mayors and city council members in 2017.  UVHBA with your help, will examine and support responsible city leaders who understand the important task of affordable housing.

 

 

 *Preserve Your Business NOW - The Home Builders Association has saved you more than $30,000 per home, plus tens of thousands per year in business costs; and, help to stimulate the housing market. Join the HBA Now. You can’t afford not to!


Resources

 

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