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MONDAY MORNING MEMO
a publication of the
HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA
 
March 7, 2005

EDITORS NOTE:

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the inaugural edition of a new HBAV publication, the “Monday Morning Memo,” which will be e-mailed every other Monday to those HBAV members for whom we have e-mail addresses.  For your convenience, the “Monday Morning Memo” will also be posted on the HBAV website, at www.HBAV.com.

This publication will feature a calendar of upcoming HBAV events, summaries of the interactions between HBAV and the numerous state regulatory agencies and departments of importance to the housing industry, political news from across the Commonwealth, as well as other items of interest to the members of HBAV.

We gladly encourage HBAV members across the state to submit any newsworthy material for inclusion in future editions of the “Monday Morning Memo.”   As always, suggestions as to how we may further improve upon this publication are more than welcome.  All contributions and suggestions may be directed to [email protected].

Ellen Scarff
Public Affairs and Legislative Coordinator
Home Builders Association of Virginia


 
    Here’s what’s Happening at HBAV. . .
 
  Thursday,
March 17th: 

DHCD Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to USBC
Greater Richmond Convention Center Lecture Hall
Richmond, Virginia
9:30 a.m.
 

  Wednesday,
March 23rd: 

HBAV Executive Committee Meeting
Stewart-Lee House
Richmond, Virginia
3:00 p.m.
 

  Thursday,
March 24th:    

HBAV 1st Quarter Board of Directors Meeting
Richmond Marriott Hotel
Richmond, Virginia
12:00 noon
 


Headlines:

 

2005 Session of the Virginia General Assembly Adjourned

Sunday, February 28, 2005 marked “Sine Die”, or the closing day for the 2005 session of the Virginia General Assembly.  Among the highlights of this session included the budget approval of $847 million in new funding for statewide transportation needs, as well as passage of legislation providing flexibility to contractor licensing laws (SB 1090); legislation restoring the ability of title insurance companies to negotiate with potential insured (HB 2821); and, legislation restoring the ability of localities to grant variances to zoning ordinances (HB 2159). Also passed by the Virginia General Assembly were the HBAV-backed proffer reform bills, HB 2456 by Delegate Terrie Suit, and HB 2888 by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter.

To obtain additional information on legislation tracked by HBAV during this session of the Virginia General Assembly, we encourage you to browse past editions of the HBAV Legislative Bulletin.  In the event that you did not receive the Bulletin each Friday during session, sign up to stay informed on those issues of interest to the home building industry!

HBAV would like to extend a special “thank you” to members of the HBAV Legislative Committee for their many contributions during this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. 

 

Public Comment Period Open for Proposed Changes to USBC

The Department of Housing and Community Development will be hosting a public hearing to address the proposed changes to the USBC (Uniform Statewide Building Code) building and fire prevention regulations.  The hearing will be held at 10:00am on March 17, 2005 in the Lecture Hall of the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  All comments must be submitted by April 11, 2005.

Last March, HBAV Legislative Committee members John Ainslie, Anthony Clatterbuck, and Mike West were appointed to a HBAV taskforce assigned with reviewing the 2003 proposed code changes to the USBC.  As has been done throughout the informal phase of reviewing the proposed changes, and as we move into the formal process of amending the USBC regulations, these individuals will continue to work diligently in representing the industry’s interests and concerns.  

Click here to view or submit comments concerning the proposed changes to the USBC.

 

VA Supreme Court Rules Loudoun Growth
Restrictions Invalid

In a decision made last Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled to uphold landowner lawsuits against Loudoun County, arguing that growth restrictions imposed by Loudoun were invalid due to inadequate public notice of rezoning within the county.  This decision requires that Loudoun County reinstate the previously existing AR-3 zoning ordinance, which had been improperly replaced with an AR-1 and AR-2 zoning category. 

To learn more about the Court’s decision, click on the links below.

Richmond Times Dispatch Link

Washington Post Link

 

CBLAD Suspends Approval of Perennial Stream
Scoring Method

On February 15th, representatives of HBAV and the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association (PHBA) attended a Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board (CBLAB) Southern Review Committee meeting, at which James City County requested CBLAB approval for lowering the scoring method in determining perennial streams.  Due to stakeholder concerns, approval of James City County’s scoring protocol has been suspended until further review by the Board, which is expected to meet on March 21, 2005.

 

DCR Tasked with Stormwater Management Oversight

The first step in streamlining the state’s interactions with builders and developers on stormwater management is now official. Effective as of January 29, 2005, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is charged with issuing the state’s stormwater permits for construction activities and for municipal separate storm sewer systems, known as MS4. The permits are required under the federal Clean Water Act through U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.  

DCR will now issue stormwater permits for any construction project over one acre, or over 2,500 square feet in the 84 eastern Virginia localities covered by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. DCR is also responsible for inspection and compliance enforcement associated with these permits. Contractors and localities seeking information on the transferred programs can go to the DCR website at www.dcr.virginia.gov.

In the near future, localities across the state will be encouraged to establish stormwater management construction permitting programs. In those localities that opt not to establish a stormwater program DCR will issue permits. To encourage localities to establish their own programs a statewide uniform permitting fee will be instituted, with a large portion of the fee remaining with the locality to run the program.  

Transfer of the construction stormwater-permitting program to localities is to take place by July 1, 2006.

For more information on stormwater management in Virginia, and for updates on the new permitting process, please visit the DCR website at www.dcr.virginia.gov or call DCR at (804) 786-1712.

 

HBAV and DPOR Unite to Promote Accessible Housing

In a public-private partnership, the Home Builders Association of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation have joined forces to educate and increase awareness among Virginia’s builders about the value of accessible and adaptable housing.  For more information about the HBAV/DPOR partnership to promote visitability, please contact John Cancelleri at (804) 367-8581 or [email protected].

 

Emory Rodgers Appointed Deputy Director of DHCD

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Bill Shelton recently appointed Emory Rodgers as Deputy Director for the Division of Building and Fire Regulation.  Rodgers will succeed Jack Proctor as the state’s top building official.

In his new position, Rodgers will be responsible for developing and administering the Uniform Statewide Building Code for the Board of Housing and Community Development. 

Prior to formally joining the Department, Rodgers served the state agency as a building code consultant for four years.  Before starting his consulting career with DHCD, he served as Inspection Services Division Chief for Arlington County.  Emory Rodgers is highly regarded by the building industry and the building officials throughout Virginia, and we congratulate him on his appointment.

 

HBAV Requests Cooperation with U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers

Representatives of HBAV and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) met in early January with Col. Prettyman-Beck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss a more efficient permitting process of the State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP).  When processing permits pertaining to one half acre or less, the Corps was requested to limit their review of the same to only those parts of the permit related to endangered species and natural resources, as stated in the terms and conditions of the SPGP, issued to DEQ by the Corps.

As a result of the meeting, Corps regulatory staff was issued a policy memorandum, reiterating the need to comply with the Norfolk District Regulatory Branch’s established procedures for reviewing impact avoidance and minimization when considering projects that qualify for the SPGP.   

 

Election 2005

Eight members of the Virginia House of Delegates have recently announced that they will not plan to seek re-election to the lower chamber of the Virginia General Assembly.  Currently, that list includes Democratic delegates Marian Van Landingham, Viola Baskerville, Albert Pollard, Mitch Van Yahres, and Republican delegates Allen Louderback, Jim Dillard, Glenn Weatherholtz, and Bob McDonnell.

In other news, Senator John Edwards of Roanoke announced last Friday that he will not seek the Democratic bid in the 2005 election of Virginia’s next attorney general.   Edwards’ decision to leave the race leaves one remaining candidate in search of the Democratic bid for the office of attorney general, Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath County.

 

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

Achieve professional growth and development by attending your choice of continuing education courses offered through the NAHB Professional Designation Program.  Sponsored by HBAV and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, the program is scheduled to take place April 10-12, 2005 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. 

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

 

Mark your Calendar to Attend the HBAV 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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MONDAY MORNING MEMO
a publication of the
HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA
 
March 7, 2005

EDITORS NOTE:

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the inaugural edition of a new HBAV publication, the “Monday Morning Memo,” which will be e-mailed every other Monday to those HBAV members for whom we have e-mail addresses.  For your convenience, the “Monday Morning Memo” will also be posted on the HBAV website, at www.HBAV.com.

This publication will feature a calendar of upcoming HBAV events, summaries of the interactions between HBAV and the numerous state regulatory agencies and departments of importance to the housing industry, political news from across the Commonwealth, as well as other items of interest to the members of HBAV.

We gladly encourage HBAV members across the state to submit any newsworthy material for inclusion in future editions of the “Monday Morning Memo.”   As always, suggestions as to how we may further improve upon this publication are more than welcome.  All contributions and suggestions may be directed to [email protected].

Ellen Scarff
Public Affairs and Legislative Coordinator
Home Builders Association of Virginia


 
    Here’s what’s Happening at HBAV. . .
 
  Thursday,
March 17th: 

DHCD Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to USBC
Greater Richmond Convention Center Lecture Hall
Richmond, Virginia
9:30 a.m.
 

  Wednesday,
March 23rd: 

HBAV Executive Committee Meeting
Stewart-Lee House
Richmond, Virginia
3:00 p.m.
 

  Thursday,
March 24th:    

HBAV 1st Quarter Board of Directors Meeting
Richmond Marriott Hotel
Richmond, Virginia
12:00 noon
 


Headlines:

 

2005 Session of the Virginia General Assembly Adjourned

Sunday, February 28, 2005 marked “Sine Die”, or the closing day for the 2005 session of the Virginia General Assembly.  Among the highlights of this session included the budget approval of $847 million in new funding for statewide transportation needs, as well as passage of legislation providing flexibility to contractor licensing laws (SB 1090); legislation restoring the ability of title insurance companies to negotiate with potential insured (HB 2821); and, legislation restoring the ability of localities to grant variances to zoning ordinances (HB 2159). Also passed by the Virginia General Assembly were the HBAV-backed proffer reform bills, HB 2456 by Delegate Terrie Suit, and HB 2888 by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter.

To obtain additional information on legislation tracked by HBAV during this session of the Virginia General Assembly, we encourage you to browse past editions of the HBAV Legislative Bulletin.  In the event that you did not receive the Bulletin each Friday during session, sign up to stay informed on those issues of interest to the home building industry!

HBAV would like to extend a special “thank you” to members of the HBAV Legislative Committee for their many contributions during this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. 

 

Public Comment Period Open for Proposed Changes to USBC

The Department of Housing and Community Development will be hosting a public hearing to address the proposed changes to the USBC (Uniform Statewide Building Code) building and fire prevention regulations.  The hearing will be held at 10:00am on March 17, 2005 in the Lecture Hall of the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  All comments must be submitted by April 11, 2005.

Last March, HBAV Legislative Committee members John Ainslie, Anthony Clatterbuck, and Mike West were appointed to a HBAV taskforce assigned with reviewing the 2003 proposed code changes to the USBC.  As has been done throughout the informal phase of reviewing the proposed changes, and as we move into the formal process of amending the USBC regulations, these individuals will continue to work diligently in representing the industry’s interests and concerns.  

Click here to view or submit comments concerning the proposed changes to the USBC.

 

VA Supreme Court Rules Loudoun Growth
Restrictions Invalid

In a decision made last Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled to uphold landowner lawsuits against Loudoun County, arguing that growth restrictions imposed by Loudoun were invalid due to inadequate public notice of rezoning within the county.  This decision requires that Loudoun County reinstate the previously existing AR-3 zoning ordinance, which had been improperly replaced with an AR-1 and AR-2 zoning category. 

To learn more about the Court’s decision, click on the links below.

Richmond Times Dispatch Link

Washington Post Link

 

CBLAD Suspends Approval of Perennial Stream
Scoring Method

On February 15th, representatives of HBAV and the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association (PHBA) attended a Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board (CBLAB) Southern Review Committee meeting, at which James City County requested CBLAB approval for lowering the scoring method in determining perennial streams.  Due to stakeholder concerns, approval of James City County’s scoring protocol has been suspended until further review by the Board, which is expected to meet on March 21, 2005.

 

DCR Tasked with Stormwater Management Oversight

The first step in streamlining the state’s interactions with builders and developers on stormwater management is now official. Effective as of January 29, 2005, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is charged with issuing the state’s stormwater permits for construction activities and for municipal separate storm sewer systems, known as MS4. The permits are required under the federal Clean Water Act through U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.  

DCR will now issue stormwater permits for any construction project over one acre, or over 2,500 square feet in the 84 eastern Virginia localities covered by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. DCR is also responsible for inspection and compliance enforcement associated with these permits. Contractors and localities seeking information on the transferred programs can go to the DCR website at www.dcr.virginia.gov.

In the near future, localities across the state will be encouraged to establish stormwater management construction permitting programs. In those localities that opt not to establish a stormwater program DCR will issue permits. To encourage localities to establish their own programs a statewide uniform permitting fee will be instituted, with a large portion of the fee remaining with the locality to run the program.  

Transfer of the construction stormwater-permitting program to localities is to take place by July 1, 2006.

For more information on stormwater management in Virginia, and for updates on the new permitting process, please visit the DCR website at www.dcr.virginia.gov or call DCR at (804) 786-1712.

 

HBAV and DPOR Unite to Promote Accessible Housing

In a public-private partnership, the Home Builders Association of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation have joined forces to educate and increase awareness among Virginia’s builders about the value of accessible and adaptable housing.  For more information about the HBAV/DPOR partnership to promote visitability, please contact John Cancelleri at (804) 367-8581 or [email protected].

 

Emory Rodgers Appointed Deputy Director of DHCD

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Bill Shelton recently appointed Emory Rodgers as Deputy Director for the Division of Building and Fire Regulation.  Rodgers will succeed Jack Proctor as the state’s top building official.

In his new position, Rodgers will be responsible for developing and administering the Uniform Statewide Building Code for the Board of Housing and Community Development. 

Prior to formally joining the Department, Rodgers served the state agency as a building code consultant for four years.  Before starting his consulting career with DHCD, he served as Inspection Services Division Chief for Arlington County.  Emory Rodgers is highly regarded by the building industry and the building officials throughout Virginia, and we congratulate him on his appointment.

 

HBAV Requests Cooperation with U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers

Representatives of HBAV and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) met in early January with Col. Prettyman-Beck of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss a more efficient permitting process of the State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP).  When processing permits pertaining to one half acre or less, the Corps was requested to limit their review of the same to only those parts of the permit related to endangered species and natural resources, as stated in the terms and conditions of the SPGP, issued to DEQ by the Corps.

As a result of the meeting, Corps regulatory staff was issued a policy memorandum, reiterating the need to comply with the Norfolk District Regulatory Branch’s established procedures for reviewing impact avoidance and minimization when considering projects that qualify for the SPGP.   

 

Election 2005

Eight members of the Virginia House of Delegates have recently announced that they will not plan to seek re-election to the lower chamber of the Virginia General Assembly.  Currently, that list includes Democratic delegates Marian Van Landingham, Viola Baskerville, Albert Pollard, Mitch Van Yahres, and Republican delegates Allen Louderback, Jim Dillard, Glenn Weatherholtz, and Bob McDonnell.

In other news, Senator John Edwards of Roanoke announced last Friday that he will not seek the Democratic bid in the 2005 election of Virginia’s next attorney general.   Edwards’ decision to leave the race leaves one remaining candidate in search of the Democratic bid for the office of attorney general, Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath County.

 

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

Achieve professional growth and development by attending your choice of continuing education courses offered through the NAHB Professional Designation Program.  Sponsored by HBAV and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, the program is scheduled to take place April 10-12, 2005 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. 

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

 

Mark your Calendar to Attend the HBAV 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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  Home Builders Association of Virginia
 
707 East Franklin Street
  Richmond, Virginia 23219
  (804) 643-2797
  Fax (804) 780-2482
 
email :
[email protected]

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