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Government Affairs

Advocacy to local, state, and national policy makers, along with other regulatory bodies on behalf of the building industry is a critical component of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association mission. We encourage you to get involved by joining the Government Affairs Committee. The Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month.

2021 Government Affairs Committee Meeting Schedule

  • January 28
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 27
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 18

Construction as an Essential Service

As construction workers across the nation continue to stay on the job, their safety and health remains a top priority. Please visit NAHB.org to see how you can help keep construction going through these difficult times.

Impact Fee Summary Report

The January 2021 Impact Fee Summary report was emailed out to builder members on January 4th. This updated semi-annual report is provided as a service to our membership.

City Updates

Highland City: On January 19, 2021 the city council held a public hearing on proposed new impact fees. Some fees are projected to decrease. Pressurized Irrigation and Parks and Recreation fees will increase from $1350 to $4720 and $4378 to $5854 respectively. Public Safety will decrease from $1115 to $761. Water and Sewer will also decrease from $1653 to $603 and $2126 to $1155 (plus TSSD fee) respectively. Overall, the proposed new impact fees will combine to decrease fees by $2,319 per single family home. However, in council meeting, the City Council voted to wait 90 days to enact the changes.

NOTE: If you are requesting a permit between January 20 and April 19, 2021 you will need to let the building department know of the change to the city ordinance. At that time, you can let the city know that you are requesting the reduced impact fees per statute. You must ask for the decreased amount.

MAPLETON: On March 3, 2021 the city council held a public hearing on new sewer impact fees. The proposed fee will increase to $3157 from the current fee of $1698.

SARATOGA SPRINGS: December 1, 2020 the City Council voted into ordinance new fees for Water, Pressurized Irrigation and Sewer. Sewer was raised to $908.76 from $837.90. Pressurized Irrigation saw a big hike to $9246 from $7446 for a 1/4-acre single family home. Water has two fees proposed: If the developer has well water, the fees decreased to $2485 from $2531. If the developer is purchasing CUWCD water, the fees decreased to $2408 from $2531. These new fees went into effect on March 1, 2021.

SALEM CITY: A new Parks impact fee draft has been shared with the UVHBA. The fee if passed would increase the present impact fee by $18.87.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: The City Council voted on June 2, 2020 to increase the Parks and Recreation fee effective September 2, 2020. The new fee is city wide. UVHBA hired an expert consultant who helped us get the proposed fee reduced from $7,377 and $7,013 down to $3,690 fee. This is a success to ensure that impact fees are fair, but some of our issues were not addressed. We have submitted a request for an advisory opinion from the Utah State Ombudsman office.

We wish to thank our Builder/Developer members for funding these costly expert consultant summaries. Because of their support, we all benefit in being the voice for fair and equitable fees.

On March 6, 2021, Eagle Mountain posted a Notice of Intent to Update the City’s Impact Fee Facilities Plans and Impact Fee Analysis for Transportation, Wastewater, Storm Drainage, Culinary Water, Parks and Recreation, and Public Safety Services.

If you are interested in information from other cities, please contact David Rowley. Also, if you have an interest in reviewing and giving input on these new impact fees please email: david@uvhba.com. Your input is valuable and needed as we continue to work with cities on fair and equitable fees.

Government Affairs Political Action Committee (PAC)

The Government Affairs PAC plays an important role in supporting candidates for local office who understand and support our industry. Your contributions help fund the work of responsive government and affordable housing. Please consider making a generous donation in 2021. The election this year is a mayoral and council election, and we need your help to elect housing friendly mayors and city council members. Our General Membership Meeting to raise money for the PAC is on March 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM at the UVHBA offices. The Government Affairs PAC had an 86% success rate with candidates winning their races in 2019. Thank you to all who contributed and voted!

The Government Affairs PAC Golf Tournament for 2021 is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2021 at Hobble Creek Golf Course. Please consider being a sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities include sponsoring a hole, breakfast, the driving range, or lunch! All funds are used to help us elect housing friendly city officials.

To sign up or sponsor, email: events@uvhba.com.

The Political Action Committee accepts corporate and personal funds. Donate today!

Join the Government Affairs Committee

Our goals are to help our members with:

  • PAC & Voter Mobilization
  • Fees and Government Regulations
  • Land Use Issues & Codes

Please contact David Rowley at 801.225.8893, 801.376.9898 or david@uvhba.com if you would like to join the committee. All members invited to attend. Government Affairs Committee members receive frequent updates concerning Impact Fees, Essential Service requests and more. Stay in the know and join the Government Affairs Committee.

Preserve Your Business Now

The Home Builders Association has saved the local builder community more than $30,000 per home, plus tens of thousands per year in business costs. Additionally, we work to stimulate the housing market. Join the Utah Valley Home Builders Association now. You can’t afford not to!

David Rowley, UVHBA, Government Affairs, 801.225.8893 Office - 801.376.9898 Mobile - david@uvhba.com

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