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
- 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
- Moisture Removal Patent Trolling Issue: HBA Response / Legislative Update (2/28/2014) - Earlier this week HBA CEO Dave Nielsen sent out a letter to all HBA members, detailing advice on what members should consider with regards on how best to handle a response to the Moisture Patent Trolling letter that many members … Continue reading
- HBAMP Government Affairs focuses on 2014 development challenges (2/24/2014) - By Justin Wood, HBAMP Associate Director of Government and Builder Development As the economy comes back, it has become more apparent than ever that there are numerous impediments, both regulatory and financial, that significantly impair, slow down and increase costs … Continue reading
- Court of Appeals throws out Urban and Rural Reserves Decision (2/21/2014) - In another example of how broken our State’s land use system is, the Court of Appeals yesterday released a decision remanding the 2010 Urban and Rural Reserves back to Metro and stating that the process used was flawed. This is … Continue reading
- Patent Trolling related to Moisture Drying process for Builders (2/21/2014) - Many members received letters a couple weeks ago from a company called Savannah IP. The letters claimed that Savannah IP had a U.S. Patent on a moisture drying out process and was serving to notify builders and others in the … Continue reading
- Tualatin Valley Water Meter SDCs set for Phased-In Increase as of March 1 (2/21/2014) - At the request of the HBA, the scheduled March 1 – 7.78% increase to water meters in the Tualatin Valley Water District will now be phased in over two increases. On Wednesday February 19th, the TVWD Board, after testimony from … Continue reading
- Washington County Development Forum – Feb 27th (2/12/2014) - Please join the HBA and the Washington County Land Use & Transportation Department for the quarterly Development Forum. The forum will be held on Thursday February 27th from 8:30 – 10 AM at the Public Services Building (155 N 1st … Continue reading