Members Reinforce NCHBA’s Legislative Agenda, Strengthen Ties With Lawmakers
Members from the Greensboro Builders Association meet with Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).
Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) speaks with NCHBA president-elect Alan Banks, his daughter Paige, Kathryn Lewis of the Greater Charlotte HBA and Ken Bernardo.
Raleigh-Wake HBA members sat down for a meeting with Rep. Chris Malone (R-Wake), Rep. Linda Hunt-Williams (R-Wake), Rep. Joe John (D-Wake) and Rep. Rosa Gill (D–Wake).
NCHBA EVP Mike Carpenter greets Rep. Dana Bumgardner (R –Gaston), John Blust (R-Guilford) and former Rep. George Robinson (R -Caldwell).
Rep. Destin Hall(R –Caldwell) posesfor a photo with members ofthe Caldwell County HBA.
Rep. John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg) speaks with NCHBA members.

Members traveled from across the state to visit with their legislators in Raleigh over the course of NCHBA’s two-day Legislative Conference in May. The annual Legislative Reception was held at the N. C. Museum of History and drew a crowd of hundreds, including legislators, other statewide elected officials and NCHBA members.

The following day, members convened at the Legislative Building to meet with representatives and senators in their offices. The North Carolina General Assembly was in the midst of its “long session,” when lawmakers wrote the state’s biennial budget and considered several important bills that are part of NCHBA’s proactive legislative agenda.

NCHBA members lobbied representatives and senators on the following bills to be considered during the long session:

HB 507 (Land-Use Regulatory Changes)

• This bill, which has passed both the House Regulatory Reform Committee and the Judiciary III committee, addresses the following land-use and development topics:

• Permit choice/vesting/rezoning

• Allows certain claims to be filed directly in Superior Court without going to Board of Adjustment

• No estoppels effect when challenging unlawful conditions

• Attorneys’ fees for defending against illegal local government actions

• Refines performance guarantee reforms of 2015

• Limits illegal conditions on conditional zoning and in special or conditional use permits

• No grandfathering of inspections prohibited by S. L. 2013-118

• DOT driveway regulations apply to city-maintained public roads

HB 252 (Building Code Regulatory Reform)

• This bill, which has been heard and unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committees, would both refine and clarify several provisions in legislation that NCHBA sough and passed in 2015, as well as enact several new provisions.

• No grandfathering of inspections prohibited by S. L. 2013-118

• Provides more flexibility for field inspection of building component