Priority Issues Affecting Home Builders

2022 Priority Issues

During the 2022 Legislative Session, state lawmakers will debate many issues affecting Indiana’s home building industry. IBA’s Advocacy Team will closely monitor the following priority issues to foster growth in Indiana and to protect our members’ ability to provide housing that is safe and affordable for Hoosiers.

  • Housing Task Force

  • We support the creation of a Housing Task Force to offer solutions that provide achievable housing for Hoosiers.

    • Housing is essential to the well-being of families, communities, and the state.
    • Housing costs have increased significantly due to spikes in materials prices and land, shortages in labor and inventory, and regulations.
    • A comprehensive review of housing data and regulations that limit the supply of housing is needed.

  • Associational Standing

  • We support allowing associations to pursue litigation on behalf of members.

    • Association advocacy for members on housing-related issues takes place on the municipal, county, state, and federal levels as well as in the courts.
    • Litigation is costly and time-consuming, and members can be reluctant to file lawsuits challenging zoning decisions out of fear of retaliation.
    • Associational standing allows an association to step in the shoes of its members and bring the litigation, provided it falls within the association’s mission and purpose.

  • Contributions in Aid of Construction

  • We support rates and charges for utility infrastructure that are justified, necessary, and reflect contributions in aid of construction.

    • Contributions in aid of construction (CIAC) include any money, services or property received by a local unit or utility from a person, developer or government agency for utility infrastructure at no cost to the local unit or utility.
    • CIAC is provided to ensure that the expansion of water or wastewater service to new customers or new locations doesn’t unfairly burden a utility’s existing customers.
    • A local unit or utility should not double-dip by charging a property owner a connection fee that includes CIAC since it was provided at no cost to the local unit or utility.

IBA takes an active role in the following issues

impacting home builders:

Business Regulation

  • Economic Development
  • Impact Fees
  • Foreclosure Issues
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Contractor Licensing
  • Home Inspectors
  • Mechanic’s Lien
  • Home Warranties
  • Performance & Maintenance Bonds

Taxation

  • Model/Speculative Home Exemption
  • TIF Districts
  • Historic Preservation Tax Credit
  • Home Warranties
  • Performance & Maintenance Bonds

Construction Codes & Standards

  • Statewide Building Codes
  • Product Mandates
  • Permit & Inspection Fees
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Fire Sprinklers

Insurance

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Title Insurance

Labor

  • Workforce Training Programs
  • Employee Classification
  • Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

Land Development

  • Private Property Rights
  • Eminent Domain
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Complete Streets

Energy & Environment

  • Onsite Sewage Systems
  • Combined Sewer Overflows
  • Mold Remediation
  • No More Stringent Than Corresponding Federal Provisions
  • Wetland Mitigation
  • Lead Paint
  • Radon-resistant Construction
  • Water/Sewer Infrastructure
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