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.
Government Relations News
- HBA comments on potential extension of Construction Excise Tax (12/6/2013) - The Metro Council is looking at extending their Construction Excise Tax again. The CET was started back in 2007 to provide a funding source for cities to begin planning on UGB expansion areas. However, it was extended and expanded a … Continue reading
- Join Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas for a Christmas Party (11/27/2013) - On Monday December 16th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas will be hosting his First Annual Christmas Party at the HBA building. The party is open to the public and he would like to encourage any … Continue reading
- Get Involved with Regional Government Issues (11/27/2013) - The HBA’s Government Relations and Political Action Committee (GR/PAC for short) is looking for members that would like to be a part of one of the most important committees at the HBA. The GR/PAC committee meets monthly and focuses on … Continue reading
- Tigard Permit Intake Process Updates (11/27/2013) - Effective January 6th, 2014 the City of Tigard will be making changes to the permit intake process for all commercial and residential permits. Beginning on the 6th, all intakes will be performed and approved by planning staff prior to … Continue reading
- Contact Congress and urge them to not sponsor the PATH Act (11/14/2013) - The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) strongly supports Congressional efforts to reform the nation’s housing finance system, but it cannot support the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act (PATH) in its present form. The PATH Act seeks to remove … Continue reading
- HBA endorses Paul Savas for Clackamas County Commissioner (11/14/2013) - The HBA’s Political Action Committee has endorsed Paul Savas in his re-election campaign for Clackamas County Commissioner. Paul has been a very strong candidate on business and housing issues and the HBA is pleased to offer our support in his … Continue reading
- Portland 2013 Multiple Unit Limited Tax Exemption – Round 2 Application Period Open (11/6/2013) - Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) announces the opening of a second application period for 2013 for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program. This year, PHB again made available up to $1,000,000 of estimated and projected foregone revenue of which $66,350 … Continue reading
- Portland Stormwater Manual Update Available for Review (10/31/2013) - The City of Portland has released the proposed changes to the 2014 Stormwater Manual. The public comment period began on October 28th and end on November 25th. Please take a minute and review the proposed changes and either provide feedback … Continue reading
- Hillsboro Water SDC Poised for an Increase (10/31/2013) - The City of Hillsboro after months of stakeholder and advisory group reviews has submitted plans to increase the water SDC. The increase is due to an update the City’s water capital improvement plan resulting in an increase to $515 M from … Continue reading
- Portland Comprehensive Plan Online Map App Now Available (10/31/2013) - The City of Portland has released a online map application that allows users to look at a host of different layers and over the city of Portland. These layers provide a way for planners, city leaders, developers and land use … Continue reading