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
- Hillsboro Community Development Code Available for Member Review (4/10/2014) - The updated Community Development Code 2nd draft is now available for review and public comment. HBA Staff and interested members will be reviewing the proposed changes to determine what proposed changes from the 1st draft have been incorporated. Two public … Continue reading
- Portland Members Meet With Federal Legislators to Bring Housing Home (4/3/2014) - As part of the National Home Builder’s Associations Bringing Housing Home week, several Portland HBA and Oregon HBA members and staff met with Portland Metro area federal Representatives & Senators to discuss issues of importance to the housing industry. We … Continue reading
- Moisture Dryout Patent Trolling Update (4/3/2014) - Below please find another update on the issue related to the patent claim asserted by Savannah IP on a moisture dryout process. If you haven’t received previous updated or need a refresher on some of our prior communications, go to … Continue reading
- HBA adds new Government Relations / PAC Coordinator Position (3/27/2014) - The HBA is pleases to announce that we have hired Jon Kloor to serve as our new Government Relations & Political Action Coordinator. Jon is a welcome addition to our Government Relations staff and will help to expand the work … Continue reading
- Moisture Remediation Patent Claim – 3-21 Member Update (3/21/2014) - The following is an updated summary from Jon Chandler, CEO for our State HBA, on the patent claim issue asserted by Savannah IP. HBAMP has been working closely with OHBA, the Washington State HBA, and our National Association of Home … Continue reading
- Portland RICAP – Proposed Final Draft Notice (3/21/2014) - The City of Portland has released the proposed final draft of the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP-6). The Planning and Sustainability Commission will be briefed on the draft, Tuesday April 8th at 12:30, while the public hearing will be … Continue reading
- Tigard Moves to Allow Pre-Screening for Building Permits (3/6/2014) - The City of Tigard has made changes to their permit intake process which we hope will streamline the process for members to submit new building permit plans. The city has now established an email where you can send your site plan … Continue reading
- Washington County Seeks to Inform Builders of Upcoming Road Improvements (3/6/2014) - Washington County has reached out the HBA so that we can pass along to our members, the draft proposed 2014-2015 road maintenance plan. The County would like builders and developers to review the proposed project map and identify any potential … Continue reading
- Proposed Changes to Portland HOLTE and SDC Waiver Program (3/6/2014) - The City of Portland’s Housing Bureau released proposed changes to the Home Owner Limited Tax Exemption (HOLTE) and the SDC Waiver programs today which would significantly curtail the amount of affordable homes which builders in Portland could sell to qualified … Continue reading
- Updated – 2014 May Primary – HBA Endorsed Candidates (2/28/2014) - The May Primary is fast approaching and members of the HBA’s Political Action Committee have been meeting with candidates involved in key races around the Portland Metro Area. While this work will continue leading up to both the primary and … Continue reading