The Government Relations staff of the HBA of Metropolitan Portland represents HBA’s members to the 37 local governments and boards under its jurisdiction. The staff monitors, testifies, and reports on issues such as system development charges (SDC’s), fee increases, code changes, development policies, housing affordability and housing density. The primary driving force of these issues is to provide the ABC’s of housing: Affordability, Balance, and Choice. In addition to working with local jurisdictions on these important issues, our staff also works to advance issues and candidates who are pro-business and pro-housing.
Members who serve on the Government Relations and Political Action Committees (PAC) provide staff with vital input and direction when representing the association and its members to our local and regional agencies and policy makers.
The HBA Government Relations and Political Action Committees meet on the second Thursday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Justin Wood.
The hottest issues are reported on regularly, both in the Around the Region section of the Home Building News and posted online.
Additional industry issues information may be found from the NAHB’s Construction Liability, Risk Management and Building Materials Committee. Click here for an information sheet from NAHB about issues resources.
Government Relations News
- Updated: Portland City Council Hearing on Demolitions and Major Remodels (12/22/2014) - Last week’s Portland City Council’s hearing on a recommendation from the Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) regarding proposed changes to the development code concerning demolitions and major remodels was carried over to Thursday, February 12th. Scheduled at 2 p.m., … Continue reading
- Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation SDC to increase January 1, 2015 (12/17/2014) - On Monday December 8th, the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Board of Directors voted to increase its System Development Charge (SDC) fees by 16.8%. this increase is calculated based on inflationary factors as noted in the Board’s adopted Resolution No. … Continue reading
- Title 11 Tree Regulations Effective January 2, 2015 Effecting Residential Plan Submittal (12/16/2014) - Effective January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Urban Forestry, Bureau of Parks & Recreation (UF/PP&R) will start implementation of the City’s new Tree Regulations contained in Title 11 Trees (Tree Code). All building permit applications submitted … Continue reading
- New BCD Interpretation on Basement Slab Insulation (12/8/2014) - Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) has issued a formal interpretation that addresses how much of a walkout basement slab needs to be insulated. The interpretive ruling was requested to clarify how the slab-on-grade perimeter insulation requirements are applied to slab-on-grade … Continue reading
- Washington County Draft Public Improvement Contract (12/8/2014) - Washington County is proposing changes to its assurances process for improvements as part of land divisions. On December 2nd County staff hosted a Developer Roundtable to listen to comments, suggestions, and ideas to help streamline the new contract. The proposed … Continue reading
- Updated: Portland City Council Hearing on Demolitions and Major Remodels (12/1/2014) - On December 17th at 3:30 p.m., the Portland City Council is expected to hear a recommendation from the Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) regarding proposed changes to the development code concerning demolitions and major remodels. The HBA strongly encourages … Continue reading
- Washington County Assurances Roundtable: December 2nd (11/18/2014) - In late October, Washington County hosted a Public Improvement Contract Workshop and introduced a draft of the new Public Improvement Contract (tentatively effective January 1, 2015) As a follow up, the County will host a Developer Roundtable to listen to … Continue reading
- St. Helens Proposes Building Fee Increase (11/17/2014) - On Friday, November 7th the City of St. Helens provided a 45 day notice to the State Building Codes Division of their intent to increase fees for the structural, plumbing, and mechanical programs and make required changes to the fee … Continue reading
- Urban Forestry Summit: November 18th (11/12/2014) - A broad group of organizations will be joining together to participate in the upcoming Urban Forestry Summit. This summit is designed to examine area tree codes and policies, discuss examples of ideas which work well and ones which prove challenging … Continue reading
- New BCD Code Interpretation (11/11/2014) - The State of Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) has issued a new code interpretation pertaining to locations where safety glazing is required. Members of the OHBA codes committee provided comment and assisted the development of this interpretation. This new reading … Continue reading