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
2017 Legislative and Policy Highlights
- Political Action Committee recognized as the Best Regional Government Affairs Effort in the entire nation by the National Association of Home Builders.
- Halted the release of the affordable housing studies for the eastern and western portions of Placer County, enabling builders to process permits without the uncertainty of a potential new fee. Eventually released in May 2017, the studies called for a maximum fee of up to $5 per house and BIA staff is ramping up its efforts to reduce it.
- Initiated a fee deferral program that was approved unanimously by the Sacramento City Council as part of its new Citywide Development Impact Fee (CDIF) program. This will allow builders to pull more permits at a time, reducing costs and increasing the rate of construction. BIA staff is now actively engaged in negotiations with the city to resolve ambiguous language in the program related to prevailing wage.
- Proactively pitched the idea of the city of Sacramento opting in to the Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP), with the city council subsequently voting unanimously to do so. This state-run creative financing program allows developers to pass on infrastructure and impact fees in similar fashion to CFD's. The County of Sacramento is also on the verge of adopting the SCIP program.
- Successfully compelled Sacramento County to reform its administrative procedures and increase procedural efficiencies. Since the onset of BIA efforts, the county responded by reorganizing its administration via the creation a new department of Public Works with all development-related agencies reporting the deputy county executive. The lone exception is the Planning department, which will report directly to the county’s chief executive.
- Continued strong federal advocacy efforts, lead by Mike Winn, Jeff Pemstein, and Barbie Lussier-Davis during NAHB’s recent legislative conference, at which the group met with several members of California’s Congressional Delegation.