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Government Affairs

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 Regulations committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month with a few exceptions:

MAY 28, THURSDAY,    GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING.  Noon.  We will be meeting on Zoom.

                           CONSTRUCTION AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE.  

As many construction workers across the nation continue to stay on the job, their safety and health remains our top priority.  Please visit to see how you can help keep construction going through these difficult times.  UVHBA asks you to send a letter of Essential Business requests to your local municipality, Utah County Health Department and Utah County Commissioners.  Need help?  Call UVHBA at 801-225-8893 and ask for Amber or Deann.  We can email you a template letter.  Request it at


*Join the Government Affairs Committee now!  Our goals working for you are..... PAC & Voter Mobilization, Fees and Government Regulations/ Land Use Issues & Codes.    Please RSVP 801-225-8893 or if you would like to join the committee. All members invited to attend.  Regularly scheduled meeting is  May 28th. This meeting will be virtual on Zoom.    GA Committee members receive many updates weekly as to Impact Fees, Essential Service requests and more --- stay in the know and join the Government Affairs Committee.

American Fork Town Hall Meeting

Thank you to Council members Rob Shelton and Staci Carroll for being our first Town Hall meeting guests.  They answered our members questions and gave insight into what American Fork City is doing about growth, resolving a moratorium in the southwest area of town, zoning, and impact fees.    If you missed the online Town Hall meeting, you can listen to it here:


City Updates:


UVHBA is constantly reviewing with cities their fees and challenging all Impact Fee Facility Plans ( IFFP's) and Impact Fee Analysis ( IFA's) for accuracy, law standards and fairness.  Your help with updates and meeting with city officials is appreciated! January 2020 the new Impact Fee Summary Report will be issued.


Eagle Mountain council tabled consideration of the Parks & Recreation impact fee changes. June 2 the city council will be voting on the New IFFP and IFA for Parks that now states the impact fee for Parks at $3,690 for single family home.  UVHBA expert consultant gave a second summary showing still many errors in the fee structure based off the cities Master Plan.     Other particular interest is the Culinary Water impact fee that requires a new impact fee for a one-time development charge of $6,839 in addition to the cities impact fee.  This impact transfer fee to CWP did pass and will become effective August 20th.  Transportation Impact Fee Amendment showed a decrease in fee.  This Roads impact fee was tabled by the council and has not date of coming back for consideration.


Lindon has a new Parks and Trails Master Plan and new Impact Fee Facility Plan (IFFP). The new draft was considered by council on April 13 and accepted. We are pleased with the new draft and our concerns were all addressed.  We are currently waiting for the IFFP and IFA reports to be finished.   The city is also waiting for the new Storm Drain IFA to be completed.


Saratoga Springs will have a public hearing on new Transportation Impact Fees.  This new fee will be considered by council on June 2, 2020.   Saratoga Springs has announced new Low-Impact Development (LID) Storm Drainage Requirements.  Please visit for details or contact Saratoga Springs Engineer, Gordon Miner.


Springville  has completed new impact fee facility plans.  They are on hold indefinitely for a future city council meeting.  THANK YOU Springville for considering the best way to get public involvement on this matter.


American Fork  NEW DATES.  Impact Fees rescheduled. A new date not announced yet.   A new draft of the Impact Fee Facility Plan is not available yet.


Spanish Fork: NEW DATES!  City council has postponed hearing public comment on Impact fees until June 2, 2020.  There is a suggested increase of all impact fees of $3,041 for a total for new single family homes of $14,256.


Payson and Salem both have shared some IFFP's and IFAs with us.  No date scheduled yet for the councils to receive input from us.


If you are interest in any certain cities, please contact Deann Huish.  Also, if you have an interest in reviewing and giving input on these new impact fees please email   Your input is valuable and needed as we continue to work with cities on fair and equitable fees.


Other cities just now conducting new Impact Fee Facility Plans are: Santaquin Roads; and Mapleton  will begin the process early summer 2020.

Friends of Housing PAC:

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 2020, we help elect housing friendly city council members.

Friends of Housing PAC Golf Tournament is rescheduled to  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17TH  at Hobble Creek.  Sign up now to play or sponsor a hole!  All proceeds go to our PAC.



The Friends of Housing PAC had a 86% success rate with candidates winning their races.  Thank you to all who voted!

Friends of Housing Political Action Committee accepts corporate and personal funds.  Donate today!

CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS.   The Friends of Housing PAC committee met with local city council candidates in 2019.  We appreciate all those who are willing to serve in their cities and recognized the great people in our valley.

New city council members will be sworn in January 2020:

Provo:   Shannon Ellsworth, Travis Hoban, David Shipley,

Orem:  Terry Peterson,  Jeff Lambson, Debby Lauret

American Fork: Clark Taylor,  Rob Shelton, Kevin Barnes.

Pleasant Grove: Cyd LeMone, Eric Jensen. Brent Bullock.

Cedar Hills: Mike Geddes, Brian Miller

Lindon: Carolyn Lundberg, Randi Powell, Mike Vanchiere.

Vineyard: Tyce Flake,  Cristy Welsh.

Mapleton: Leslie Jones, Therin Garrett, Jessica Egbert,

Saratoga Springs: , Ryan Poduska, Chris Porter. Christopher Carn

Highland: Kim Rodela, Brittney Bills Timothy Ball.

Lehi: Paige Albrecht, Johnny Reville, Mike Southwick.

Eagle Mountain:  Curtis Colby, Carolyn Love. Jared Gray.

Springville: Matt Packard, Liz Crandall, Patrick Monney

Spanish Fork: Brandon Gordon, Chad Argyle, Stacy Beck.

Payson: Brian Hulett, Linda Carter, Doug Welton.

Woodland Hills:  Karl Malkovich Bob Ottley, David Pratt

Santaquin: Lynn Mecham. Jennifer Bowman, David Hathaway


  • UTAH TAX REFORM.  No service tax on construction was included in the new Tax Reform bill.  The UVHBA and HBA of Utah were successful in keeping this unaffordable housing tax out of the tax reform.
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