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April 04, 2005

    Here’s what’s Happening at HBAV. . .
  Sunday – Tuesday,
April 10-12th:

NAHB Professional Designation Programs
University of Virginia, Zehmer Hall
Charlottesville, Virginia
         4/10:  12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
         4/11:   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
         4/12:   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April 21-22nd: 

EO Council Seminar
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Virginia Beach, Virginia
         4/21:  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
         4/22:  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

April 11-17th    

NAHB Spring Board of Directors Meeting
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC
         (Click here for event information.)



Governor Warner Signs HBAV-backed Legislation

When Virginia legislators return to Richmond this Wednesday for the April 6th veto session of the General Assembly, bills not up for discussion are those measures that were signed by Governor Warner prior to the March 29, 2005 signing deadline.

Among those items of legislation approved by the Governor include several HBAV-backed measures: two items of proffer reform legislation, one of which was sponsored by Delegate Terrie Suit, House Bill 2456, and the other by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, House Bill 2888.  Other legislation approved by Governor Warner includes House Bill 2821, a title insurance measure patroned by Delegate Terrie Suit; House Bill 1922 by Delegate Danny Marshall, pertaining to sewer liens; and the contractor licensing bill introduced by Senator Puckett, Senate Bill 1090.


HBAV Board of Directors Convenes for Quarterly Meeting

HBAV members traveled across the state to meet at the Richmond Marriott on Thursday, March 24, 2005 for meetings held in conjunction with the 1st Quarter HBAV Board of Directors meeting.


The HBAV Membership Improvement Taskforce, chaired by HBAV Second Vice President, Rich Napier, reviewed and approved eleven of seventeen local association membership improvement plans. 

The taskforce also voted to extend the R²IPSAW Membership Improvement Program for an additional three years.  The Program is designed to encourage local associations to acquire new members, while retaining current ones.


The Home Builders Association of Virginia is pleased to announce that over $31,000 in contributions has been pledged to the HBAV Historic Preservation and Restoration Foundation, $25,000 of which will be matched by a HBAV past president.  The contributions received by the Foundation will be applied to the conversion of an adjacent storage room into a Community Room for the Stewart-Lee House.

Once completed, the HBAV Community Room will facilitate the numerous meetings of the HBAV standing committees, and will feature new restrooms and a kitchen.  It will also host many of the fundraising events for the many friends of housing that serve in the state legislature and Virginia’s statewide offices. 

The new Community Room will be located adjacent to the first floor parlors of this historic home, which is currently furnished and decorated with Civil War period pieces, and currently hosts the majority of the sponsored political events.  The combination of the parlors and the new Community Room will significantly enhance the ability of HBAV to showcase the home office to the Association’s many constituents.  The new Community Room will also enable HBAV to include the Stewart-Lee House as a site for many of the events being planned in Richmond in 2007 during the 400th Anniversary celebration of the founding of Jamestown.

HBAV would like to thank each contributor for their generosity and their support of this initiative!  To learn more about how you can support the HBAV Historic Preservation and Restoration Foundation, please call HBAV at (804) 643-2797.


The HBAV Build-PAC Trustees, chaired by HBAV past president, Mak Koebig, approved political contributions to thirty-six individuals who have demonstrated a concerted interest in protecting the Commonwealth’s housing industry, and a commitment towards promoting a sound business climate.   This fund allocation marks the first round of campaign contributions to be approved by the HBAV Build-PAC during the 2005 election cycle, with the majority of contribution recipients running for election to the Virginia House of Delegates, as well as for statewide office. 


USBC Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for April 7, 2005

The review process continues for the proposed changes to the Uniform Statewide Building Code building regulations, as proponents and opponents of the proposed changes gather this Thursday for a stakeholder meeting at the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

The meeting will serve as an opportunity to allow stakeholders to reach consensus on contested changes that have been proposed, prior to the April 11, 2005 code submittal/comment period deadline.  A second comment period to address the proposed changes will extend through May 2005.

To obtain more information on the code change cycle, or to obtain more information concerning the proposed changes to the USBC, please visit the website of the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall.


Honorable Mention: Jeff Ainslie Appointed Co-Chairman of VBT

HBAV President, Jeffrey W. Ainslie, was recently appointed as Co-Chairman of the “Virginians for Better Transportation” (VBT) coalition, an advocacy group designed to educate Virginians on the statewide transportation challenges, and emphasize the importance of finding a comprehensive, long-term solution to the crisis.

For more information on the Virginians for Better Transportation campaign, or to inquire as to how you may become involved with this grassroots effort in your area, please call (804) 237-1399.


NAHB Professional Designation Programs
Scheduled for April 10-12, 2005

Continuing education courses offered through the NAHB Professional Designation Program, sponsored by HBAV, will kick off this Sunday, April 10th at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The program is scheduled to conclude next Tuesday, April 12, 2005.

To register for courses or to obtain additional information about the program, click here or call (804) 643-2797.  Sign up today!


Destination – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands!
HBAV Annual Convention
June 23, 2005-June 26, 2005

With the HBAV Convention only months away, now is the time to reserve your rooms at the luxurious Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.   To obtain reservation and event registration forms, or to become an associate sponsor of the event, visit the HBAV website or call HBAV at (804) 643-2797 for more information.  

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