By Mike Carpenter, NCHBA Executive Vice President & General Counsel
(Above) Members of the Greensboro Builders Association met with Senator Rick Gunn (R-Alamance, Guilford)in his office during NCHBA’s Legislative Visits. (L-R) 2019 NCHBA President PhilWarrick, Greensboro EO Cheryl Collins, Senator Gunn, Joan Swift and Gary Hill.

• NCHBA enjoyed one of its most productive and successful legislative sessions ever in 2019. The General Assembly enacted, and the Governor signed into law, virtually all of NCHBA’s pro-active agenda. One of our top legislative priorities and perhaps the one with most interest to our builder members was the enactment of SB 55 (Continuing Education for General Contractors). This act provides for eight (8) hours of continuing education as a condition for license renewal for general contractors holding a building, residential or unclassified license. At least one qualifier of a license shall complete this requirement annually beginning in 2020.

• Another key legislative victory was the passage of SB 355 (Land-Regulatory Changes) which culminated a five-year effort by NCHBA to enact. This sweeping legislation makes a number of very significant and beneficial changes in land-use law including vesting protection for an entire project; a new standard for the award of mandatory attorneys’ fees in lawsuits against illegal local government actions; prohibition on third-party rezoning downzoning petitions; allowing certain claims to be filed directly in Superior Court without having to go through the Board of Adjustment; assuring that the State Building Code preempts inconsistent local definitions for buildings or dwellings; limiting illegal conditions in conditional zoning and conditional use permits; and assuring uniform applicability of DOT driveway regulations on city-maintained state roads.

When Phil Warrick attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a Navy/ROTC scholarship, he was selected as the National Commander of the National Society of Pershing Rifles. This elite group is charged with developing future leaders for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. It was there that Phil first honed his leadership skills that were on full display during his service as NCHBA president in 2019.

In addition to his outstanding leadership skills, Phil was a great motivator not only during his presidential term but also during his prior tenure on the NCHBA senior officer ladder. He played a leading role in recruiting and developing future leaders of the association. The success of this effort will be one of the significant legacies of his tenure.

Phil and his wife Ann settled in Greensboro more than 25 years ago where Phil established an engineering practice serving the residential building community. He joined the local Greensboro HBA, serving it in various roles over the years and as its president in 2016. Through his service there, he became involved in NCHBA where his leadership skills were quickly recognized ultimately culminating in his election as NCHBA President.

During his frequent travels to local associations from the mountains to the coast in 2019, Phil emphasized NCHBA’s core mission of preserving housing affordability through its vigorous advocacy efforts. He noted that without the commitment of NCHBA’s members to that cause, no one else would be defending this critical goal in our state. He also pointed out the many opportunities for member involvement in NCHBA programs and saw an increase in member participation as a direct result.

In addition to leading and motivating, Phil took an active role to ensure the success of the association on many fronts during 2019. Just to name a few, those include: