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
2019 Legislative and Policy Highlights
- Stopped a proposed $6 per square foot fee by successfully persuading the Placer County Board of Supervisors to support establishing a private trust.
- Secured the ability to continue using local Habitat Conservation Plans in-lieu of Waters of the State.
- Worked with SACOG to ensure funding for Hwy 65 expansion, 80/65 interchange, and the JPA Connector.
- Three meetings to improve relationships with utilities were held for infill, single-family residential builders and custom home builders.
- Worked in coordination with CBIA and members to educate regulators on current foundation and construction standards regarding increased vapor intrusion.
- Successfully encouraged Placer County staff and Board of Supervisors to change their sustainability plan to encourage, rather than require, any mandates that exceed the 2020 construction code.
- Successfully urged Roseville, Rocklin and Elk Grove to adopt the BOLD financing option to make building more viable.
- Partnered with the City of Elk Grove and CCSD to amend the local fire code, in particular the definition of “remoteness” which would have a negative impact on future housing projects.
- Worked to steer Measure U funding opportunities back to affordable housing, identifying $100 million in gap funding over the next five years.