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 fourth Thursday of each month at Noon.  This is a new day and time for 2018!!   Next meeting is August 23, 2018  at Noon.  RSVP 801-225-8893.    Below are the current items the committee is working on:

*IMPACT FEES. 2018 is definitely a busy year for our local municipalities to revisit their Impact Fee studies.  Your input matters! As we continue to challenge cities studies and fees, your involvement is noted and matters as city councils make their final decisions.

Saratoga Springs  passed new Culinary and Secondary Water impact fees on November 14. Effective on February 14, 2018, the Secondary Water impact fee at plat recording will be $21,012 per Irrigable Acre. Building Permit impact fee for secondary water will be $5,042.  Culinary Water impact fee will be $2190. There are many stipulations concerning well water, CUWCD and if you have a credit with the city for water. Please contact the city directly for all stipulations and qualifications since they cannot all be listed here and vary from site to site.   

Saratoga Springs has also had a public input on May 22 for their new proposed Storm Drain and Sewer impact fee facility plans (IFFP).  Builders and UVHBA staff were present at the meeting.  The proposals are to increase Storm Drains from $1776/acre to $2065/acre.   The  Sewer IFFP proposes putting all the city in one district from the present 3 different districts.  This would make the impact fee for Sewer $838.   The present rates range from $642 to $1020.  Please remember the TSSD impact fee is $1708 in addition to the city impact fee.  These two new proposal IFFP's will go before the city council on July 3, 2018.  

Provo is finishing up and almost ready to disclose the new IFFP's.  Thank you to Chris Gamroulas and Monte Kingston for coming with staff to these meetings. The city has so far completed draft IFFP's of the Parks/Recreation, Streets, Water, and Energy.  The reports are not yet scheduled to go before the city council. 

Spanish Fork council voted on April 17th for their new IFFP and IFA's.  Total impact fees with a $1,000 increase to $10,482.77, will be effective July 15, 2018. We appreciate Spanish Fork city considering and acting on our recommendations to lower the sewer infiltration from 24% to 20% and lowering the Parks land acquistion average from $85,000 to $60,000 an acre.  

Orem   new impact fees will be effective June 27, 2018.  Single Family homes impact fee is $6,498.31 and in the southwest area of Orem the Single family fees are $14,142.49.

Payson   Is moving forward with their new proposed Impact Fee Facility Plan's (IFFP) on water and public safety.    Current Water impact fee is $1236.   Proposed new water impact fee is $1867.   The current Public Safety impact fee is $405.   UVHBA made some challenges to their proposed fee.  We are waiting to see the new draft.   Also, UVHBA challenged the entire Parks/Recreation impact fee proposal.  The city council will be voting on the 3 impact fees July 18, 2018.

 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 2018.   THANK YOU to SUNROC, our other sponsors, Hobble Creek Golf Course and all who came and had a great day of golf at the PAC Golf Tournament on May 14th.  Because of your generosity and support, the Friends of Housing PAC raised $7,900 to continue our goal of supporting and protecting housing in Utah County!

 

 

 *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!


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