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  • Government Affairs

  • As the leading advocate for the homebuilding industry in the greater Sacramento region, the North State BIA is committed to preserving and furthering the economic interests of its members, while also working to enhance the industry's standing as a significant contributor to the regional economy. The BIA continues to be in close communication with local jurisdictions and key agencies regarding the need to support homebuilding during the COVID-19 crisis, Click Here for a summary that includes the jurisdictional policy improvements of our Governmental Affairs advocacy efforts – as of May 13, 2020.

    Thank you for your support of North State BIA!

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    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
  • 2020 Policy Highlights

  • North State BIA Receives National Award for Housing Trust

    The North State BIA won the Best Local Government Affairs Program in the U.S. for 2019 from the National Association of Homebuilders for halting exorbitant affordable housing fees by creating Housing Trust Placer.

    BIA Kept the Building Industry Open During Pandemic

    BIA staff worked with local governments to allow home construction to continue andsucceeded in extending permits in Placer County, Sacramento County and El Dorado County as well as in the cities of Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin and Folsom and West Sacramento. The BIA also convinced the U.S. Army Corps to grant extensions of wetland 404 Permits throughout the region. 

    Regional Election Successes

    The BIA has the largest and most active Political Action Committee in the region with a budget of $450,000 each cycle.  This year, 80% of the candidates and causes the BIA supported were victorious. The BIA played a major role in electing leaders in Sacramento County, Folsom, Roseville, Rocklin and Elk Grove.

    Sacramento County Entitlement Reform

    The BIA passed major reforms to Sacramento County’s Community Planning Advisory Council (CPAC) process.

    New Drainage Standards at Sacramento County

    The BIA passed new drainage standards that are clearer and offer more county accountability.

    Sacramento Central City Impact Fee Increase Waived

    The Sacramento City Council unanimously waived an increase of the Central City Impact Fee.

    BIA Stops Rocklin Fees

    BIA stopped a ten-fold fee increase in Rocklin and brought staff to the table to negotiate a more reasonable new fee.

    El Dorado County Reduces TIM Fee Update Proposal

    The BIA successfully reduced transportation fee program by $20,000/unit from the original proposed increase.

     

  • 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.