HBA of Greenville works to resolve stormwater regulatory issues

Your HBA of Greenville is working to resolve regulatory issues for stormwater management.  This week President Rick Quinn, Executive Vice President Michael Dey, and HBASC Executive Director Mark Nix met with SCDHEC Commissioner Catherine Templeton to discuss the burdens that excessive stormwater regulation is having on home builders.

As a result, SCDHEC has agreed to participate in a Government Affairs Forum hosted by the HBA of Greenville.  HBA members and local government officials will have the opportunity to present to DHEC staff specific examples of how recently-adopted or proposed permits are exceeding requirements of law and negatively impacting home building.

Specifics of the Government Affairs Forum are:

When: July 25, 2013, 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Where: TD Convention Center, Woodside Conference Center

Commissioner Templeton has announced that she will attend the Government Affairs Forum.

Government Affairs Forum: City of Greenville’s Jessica Chapman, PE

This week Jessica Chapman, PE, CFM, Assistant City Engineer-Environmental for the City of Greenville, met members of the Home Builders Association to discuss how the association can better work with the City of Greenville to improve the city’s permitting and land development regulatory process.

Chapman discussed a review currently underway by a private consulting firm of the city’s permitting process.  She reported that the city is endeavoring to improve the process and make it more understandable for everyone involved.

Chapman and the association also discussed a more regional approach to stormwater detention that would be more efficient and environmentally sensitive.

Chapman also reported on the status of the City’s flood mapping system.  She reported that FEMA is currently in the process of updating its maps in the city.  She demonstrated the city’s GIS system and the component that allows property owners to easily see whether their property is in a mapped flood plain.

To view the city’s GIS system and check the location of your property, click here.

Congressman Trey Gowdy speaks to Home Builders, Realtors

Congressman Trey Gowdy speaks to Home Builders, Realtors

Congressman Trey Gowdy, Republican from South Carolina District 4, spoke to about 50 members of the Home Builders Association of Greenville and the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® last week.

The Congressman’s visit was part of the HBA’s regular regular Government Affairs Forum program.

The Congressman discussed the threat to the mortgage interest deductions, challenges the industry faces in accessing capital at banks and other lenders, and issues with current regulations governing appraisals.  He also talked about the recent debt limit increase and the dysfunctional political situation in Washington.

The HBA Legislative Committee hosts Government Affairs Forums about six times a year, and they are open and free to all HBA members.

Congressman Trey Gowdy Will Speak at HBA Government Affairs Forum August 31

Congressman Trey Gowdy Will Speak at HBA Government Affairs Forum August 31

UPDATE: The Government Affairs Forum featuring Congressman Trey Gowdy has been postponed until August 31, 8:30 a.m., at the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors.

Congressman Gowdy has been called back to Washington by Speaker of the House John Boehner so that Congress can work on the raising of the Federal debt limit.

What: HBA of Greenville Government Affairs Forum

Speaker: Congressman Trey Gowdy

When: Wednesday, August 31, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Greater Greenville Association of Realtors Office, 50 Airpark Court, Greenville

HBA of Greenville Legislative Committee Chairman Rick Quinn announced that Trey Gowdy, Republican Congressman from the Fourth Congressional District, will speak at the next HBA Government Affairs Forum.

The forum will be held jointly with the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, chaired by Bill Kane of Ryan Homes.

The Government Affairs Forum is where association leaders and members can hear first hand from government officials. Recent appearances have included the administrators of Greenville County and the City of Greenville, as well as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives.

Reservations are not required, but are encouraged. To register, click here. Continental breakfast will be served.