IBA Top 10 List
Legislative & Regulatory Accomplishments
- Passed Prohibition of Residential Fire Sprinkler Mandate – Law prohibits the state or local unit of government from requiring the installation of fire sprinklers in one-and two-family dwellings and townhouses.
- Passed Prohibition on Local Builder License & Registration Requirements – A local unit of government may not pass an ordinance after February 28, 2013 requiring a builder or remodeler to obtain a license or register as a condition to working within a jurisdiction.
- Passed Inclusionary Zoning Prohibition – Prohibits a local unit of government from requiring a private developer to set aside a percentage of new units or homes for affordable housing.
- Passed Right to Work Law and Repealed Common Construction Wage Law – The right to work law forbids contract provisions requiring employees to pay dues or fees to unions as a condition of employment. Repealing the common construction wage law allows for competition in the public bidding process which saves local governments money and lowers the tax burden for taxpayers.
- Passed Property Tax Breaks – Model Home Act gives builders a 50% property tax break on up to 3 structures for 3 full assessment periods while the Spec. Home Act provides the same tax break on any home that has never been occupied.
- Passed State Plan Review Changes – Establishes statutory deadlines for state plan review of class 1 projects giving plan reviewers 10 business days to decide if they will perform a plan review, 20 days to perform an initial plan review and 10 days to respond to any corrections submitted following the initial review.
- Defeated Employee Classification – Legislation would have forced independent contractors to become employees of the general contractor.
- Passed Vested Property Rights Statute – Law prohibits a local unit of government from changing the use of land for period of time and provides that the granting of secondary, additional or related permits under local planning and zoning laws are to be governed for at least three years by standards and regulations in effect at time of application for the permit.
- Passed Law Defining Townhouses as Class 2 Structures –Allows townhouses to be constructed without the use of a design professional and also removes a requirement that townhouses be subject to the state plan review process.
- Passed Developers Discount Statute – Allows builders and developers to sell lots without triggering a new assessment until a permit is pulled or construction begins on a lot.