The North State Building Industry Association's government and public affairs department works on behalf of the industry by advocating for public policies that promote a healthy building climate, so that well-planned communities continue growing to meet the region’s housing needs.
Few industries are as influenced by local government regulations, fees, and policies as the building industry. The NSBIA serves as the representative voice of members within its Northern California multi-county region.
Because of our industry’s impact on our region’s economy, the NSBIA’s efforts are particularly important. For instance, the Sacramento region's economic benefit from new home construction in one year was valued at more than $7.4 billion, creating 66,000 jobs, and generating $879 million in federal, state, and local taxes.
Our government relations team is tasked with strategically and effectively delivering information about the homebuilding industry’s economic impacts and job creation when we advocate on behalf of our industry. We receive input and direction from our policy councils (builder and developer councils) made up of NSBIA members with specific geographical interests and/or expertise on critical issues related to fees and land development.
Our Strategic Approach
- Providing effective jurisdictional coverage and proactively shaping public policy
- Building effective advocacy capacity in our collaborative partnerships
- Creating policy that benefits the industry and the community
- Engaging in political advocacy that supports our members’ interests
- Providing campaign support for business-minded candidates
2018 Legislative and Policy Highlights
- The BIA’s Political Action Committee raised over $400,000, making it the largest PAC in the area.
- Very successful election season, with notable success in the Folsom City Council race.
- Encouraged the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources to adopt the SCIP financing program, which was approved late this year.
- Stopped Placer County from implementing a new Affordable Housing Fee of $6 per square foot.
- Coordinated support for a newly restructured Lincoln CFD that is now allowing projects to succeed after more than a year of delays.
- Successfully urged the adoption of the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan at the County, Rancho Cordova, Galt, and the Capitol Southeast Connector JPA.
- Led Elk Grove Climate Action Plan to adopt a new methodology to calculate Green House Gas reductions based on average per-capita GHG emissions.
- Encouraged City of Sacramento’s multi-prong approach to an insufficient supply of housing solution. Recent development of streamlining policies will help reduce the time and costs of residential development and support a range of different housing opportunities.
- Supported the City of Sacramento’s resolution reducing certain development impact fees for new affordable housing projects.
- Reduced the proposed fee for Elk Grove Water District infrastructure valuation for a 1 -inch meter by $691, for a total savings of $652,304 using the Water District’s projected EDU calculation and up to $1.3 million if current residential development trends continue.