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FHBA NEWS – JUNE 18, 2018

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Legislative Summer Hiatus Does Not Result in Rest for Governmental Affairs

It is that time of year, the beginning of summer break when members often ask what are the Governmental Affairs activities since the legislature in on its summer hiatus? Well, let me summarize this past week:

Building Commission Activities: FHBA Director of Governmental Affairs, Doug Buck, and Code Consultant, Joe Belcher, began a two week stint meeting with the Florida Building Commission (FBC) as they began work this week on what will become the 7th addition of the code. Not to worry, the new code will not take effect for at least 2 and 1/2 years. Because of changes to the code process adopted by the legislature in 2017, the process will take longer. But, there are no more automatic massive changes from the ICC. There will still be some changes, but the new process should allow us to more thoroughly evaluate the proposed changes.

You can find additional information on FHBA web site or attend the Code Committee meeting at the SEBC.

Rubio Tweets: You may be aware of a late last week by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in which he indicates that he does not understand the severity of the construction work force shortage. He tweeted the following:

#EVerify is a very important reform. And while it is true that we struggle to find U.S. workers for many agriculture jobs, that is NOT true of construction. Americans can & want to do construction work. politi.co/2l7kuId

FHBA worked in concert with NAHB and tweeted the following response:

Senator @marcorubio, @FHBAOfficial would be happy to meet with you to discuss construction workforce challenges in Florida. It’s one of the top headwinds facing the industry and slowing down economic growth. http://eyeonhousing.org/2018/06/april-construction-job-openings-remain-elevated/

In addition, Chuck Fowke (FHBA Member and NAHB Third Vice Chair) sent an e-mail to Senator Rubio’s staff reminding them that he met with them less than one month ago to discuss this very issue. NAHB lobbyists converges on Senator Rubio’s staff as well.

State Legislative Candidate Interviews: The FHBA is an active member of the State Chamber Political Institute. The institute is a non-profit political research organization. Amongst the research activities for members is the opportunity to interview legislative candidates. FHBA CEO, Rusty Payton attended two days of candidate interviews in Fort Lauderdale, interviewing 25 candidates. Much of the information gleemed at this interview and from the other sessions (which were attended by Rusty, FHBA Consultant Lobbyist Kari Hebrank and GOBA Governmental Affairs Director Lee Steinhauer) will be discussed at the July 11th PAC Board meeting being held at Rosen Shingle Creek.

Earlier last week, a joint delegation from FHBA and the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) met with Speaker Designate, Jose Oliva in Miami Lakes. Significant policy discussions included property rights, tree ordinances and the need to reign in impact fees and what they for what they can fund. Attending for FHBA were First Vice President Bill Truex, Consultant Lobbyist Kari Hebrank and CEO Rusty Payton. From BASF were Ben Solomon, Chair of BASF; Carolina Herrera, President of BASF; Astrin Martin BASF Board member; and Truly Burton, BASF Executive Officer.

Public Service Commission: On rare occasion, FHBA interacts with the Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding issues affecting our industry. The FHBA filed public comments in support of underground distribution lines in new residential developments, because undergrounding appears to be the most cost-effect solution to preventing outages and optimizing the electric grid. Although the upfront cost to undergrounding may be higher, undergrounding saves the general body of rate-payers money by reducing physical damage to local electrical infrastructure, as well as, reducing utility’s operation and maintenance while optimizing revenue for the electrical utility by keeping the lights on. These savings should be accurately reflected in the formula used to allocate costs to developers. Our comments were developed by member of the FHBA Volume Builders Council and other large builders from around the state. To view a copy of the letter, click here.

Even though official legislative business has taken a summer hiatus, the FHBA’s Governmental Affairs program is fully engaged with political, regulatory and future legislative priorities.

Register Today for the 2018 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC)!

Registration for #SEBC40 is officially OPEN! Join us August 16-17, 2018 at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL as we celebrate 40 years of being the original. Head on over to www.SEBCshow.com and register for a FREE Expo Hall Only Pass using Promo Code SEBC18. Don’t wait! Click here to register.

Register Today for Our Statewide Candidate Interviews!

The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and FHB PAC will be hosting Statewide Candidate Interviews on July 10-11, 2018 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. All FHBA members are invited to attend these interviews for Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, and Commissioner of Agriculture. The fee to attend is $29 (Free for FHB PAC 1,000 Club Members). Candidate interviews will take place all day on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and will include lunch. A FHB PAC fundraiser will be held Tuesday evening at Topgolf in Orlando, FL for a fee of $100. This will include a round of golf, dinner, drinks and transportation. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, will start with a provided breakfast and will then be followed with a FHB PAC Board Meeting…learn more

Impact Fees Symposium @ SEBC

SEBC will host an Impact Fees Symposium on Friday, August 17, from 10:00  – 12:00 pm at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Lucy Gallo, a foremost expert on impact fees, will focus on the most prevalent methods that local governments use to increase their fees.

Lucy Gallo is a principal with Development Planning & Financing Group, Inc., a national real estate consulting firm with offices in Orlando and Tampa.  She specializes in fiscal and economic impact analysis and public infrastructure finance. Lucy’s financial models are designed with utmost transparency; an approach that distinguishes her work in its field. Her studies have been subjected to the highest level of peer review, and those reviews consistently conclude that her approach to impact analysis is both thorough and comprehensive.

The Impact Fee Symposium is included in both the SEBC Expo Hall Only Pass and Expo & Education Pass. To attend, click here to register for SEBC today.

NAHB Recognizes Local HBA’s!

Congratulations to Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association and the Builders Association of South Florida on being recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Executive Officers Council!

Best Home or Industry Trade Show

  • HBA of the Upper Peninsula (less than 200 members) – 2018 U.P. Builders Show
  • Manatee-Sarasota BIA (200-600 members) – Contractors Trade Show

Best Parade or Tour of Homes

  • Manatee-Sarasota BIA (200-600 members) – Parade of Homes Manatee & Sarasota Counties
  • HBA of the Sioux Empire (more than 600 members) – Outdoor Living Showcase

Best Revenue Effort – Non Parade, Tour or Show

  • BIA Southern California – Baldy View Chapter (less than 200 members) – 2017 BIA Baldy View Chapter Holiday Charity Gala
  • Builders Association of South Florida (200-600 members) – 2018 Installation Gala
  • HBA of Metro-Portland (more than 600 members) – Celebrating Catering & Event Services

2018 Aurora Awards Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the 2018 Aurora Awards is officially open! Established in 1979, Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners…learn more

Submit Your 2018 Excel Awards Entries!

The 2018 Excel Awards Call for Entries is now open! The Excel Awards honors those builders, commercial contractors, craftsman, Realtors®, on-site salespeople, public relations professionals…learn more

The Size, Shape of American Housing Today

The Census Bureau recently updated its Characteristics of New Housing data, revealing the current size and shape of the American household and home.

The size of the median new single-family home continues to grow. Homes completed in 2017 were 14 percent bigger than in 2009, whereas the lots of homes continue to shrink. Over that same period, the median square footage of new-home lots went down 20 percent, from 11,000 sf to 8,800 sf. According to Bloomberg, one reason behind the growth of new-home sizes, “has surely been that Americans in the top 20 percent of the income distribution have a lot more money to spend than they did four decades ago, and many have chosen to maximize their utility by spending some of it on guest bedrooms, home offices and extra bathrooms.”…read more

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