NH Home Builders Association’s Legislative Successes
Since one of our first victories of getting a statewide building code adopted, the NH Home Builders Association has continued to advocate on behalf of its members. Noteworthy achievements include:
- Consumer Notice & Opportunity to Repair – reducing expensive construction dispute lawsuits; benefitting tradespersons and consumers alike
- Modified rules at the Current Use Board – affecting changes to the timing of paying current use fees: as they’re taken out of current use versus enormous upfront lump sum payments
- Workers’ Compensation exemption – reversed the law requiring company owners to cover themselves with workers’ compensation insurance. Owners now benefit from the ability to exempt themselves (principals), savings (tens) thousands.
- Shoreland Protection Act – the NHHBA was involved in a comprehensive rewrite of state guidelines to allow developers reasonable opportunities to develop land while still protecting NH’s water bodies
- Workforce Housing Act – this legislation prohibits towns from restrictive zoning against affordable housing
- Growth Management Ordinances – restricts towns from unfairly limiting building permits in an effort to minimize town/city growth
- Definition of Independent Contractor – Protecting NH’s building trades from over-burdensome definitions of employee vs. independent contractor, thus saving exorbitant penalties
- Residential Sprinklers – Eliminated the residential (one and two-family) sprinkler requirement from the NH state building code and overriding two governor’s vetoes to accomplish such thereby leaving the choice to the consumer in all towns which had not previously adopted said sprinklers.
- Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) – Expanding housing opportunities by preventing local restrictive ordinances against accessory uses such as “in-law” apartments, providing additional affordable housing options. This law becomes effective July 1, 2017.
And we’re not done yet! The NH Home Builders Association is working on the following issues:
- Working with the NH Attorney General’s office to simplify the approval and qualifications for subdivision developers
- Building codes – ensuring the adoption of newer building and fire codes by adopting amendments that still protect the consumer without pricing them out of the market
- MS-4 permits – the NHHBA is considering a challenge of the EPA’s MS-4 municipal stormwater permit, that if passed, could mean a considerable fiscal impact to land development leading to tens, if not hundreds (or greater), of thousands of dollars (depending upon the size and scale of the project)
These are just the “big ticket” items. The NHHBA Government Affairs Committee works on a myriad of legislative issues affecting the daily operations of builder, remodeler and associate members’ interests.
As a member of the Greater Manchester Nashua Home Builders & Remodelers Association, you are part of a greater organization that keeps its eye on regulations that may be harmful to members like yourself through voluntary contributions to Build PAC. Please contact our local NAHB Build PAC Trustee for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter from the Chairman
Dear NAHB Member,
I want to thank you for a successful 2013 under Greg Peek’s leadership as well as a productive IBS meeting. As your incoming BUILD-PAC Chairman, I want to lay out some important thoughts and goals I hope to accomplish in addition to increasing BUILD-PAC participation and reaching our $2.75 million fundraising goal this year.
In addition to moving current contributors up the BUILD-PAC ladder, getting 100% state event participation and promoting BUILD-PAC’s efforts far and wide amongst our membership, I want it to be clear that I am accessible and available to you all. Please contact me with new fundraising ideas, successful state event concepts, potential high donor upgrades and anything else that can help you or your state become more successful with your BUILD-PAC fundraising efforts this year. I recognize that this will be a busy year with new initiatives suchas NAHB’s successful March Legislative Conference, “Bringing Housing Home,” local and state meetings and the midterm elections, but we must do our best to work together as a team.
While our fundraising efforts are ahead of where we were at this point last election cycle, we need to continue to grow BUILD-PAC by both contributions and participation within our membership! I am going to rely on each of YOU to spread the word about BUILD-PAC and NAHB advocacy efforts, particularly at the local level. Let’s do our part to educate our members about the importance of BUILD-PAC and NAHB advocacy efforts, especially the Value of NAHB Membership. Thanks to members like you, our fundraising efforts have remained successful in recent years despite the downturn; but this year — and going forward — we really have to step up our outreach, tap into new contributors, and make the ask.
Thank you again for your commitment to BUILD-PAC! I look forward to serving as your 2014 BUILD-PAC Chairman and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you might have.
Gregory F. Ugalde
2014 BUILD-PAC Chairman
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