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.

Permits Extended in 2008 will expire this year

By Mark Nix, Executive Director, HBASC

In 2008 HBASC helped to pass the permit extension law. This law called for a pause, time-out, or stay of all existing development permits issued between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012. In essence the clock stopped on all applicable expired or existing permits until December 31, 2012. On January 1, 2013, the clock starts ticking again. For example, if a development permit had expired on December 31, 2009, it is now renewed and valid until December 31, 2012.

Permits included in this “pause” period include land disturbance, storm water, coastal zone consistency certificates, water/waste water permits, 401 water quality certification, OCRM critical area permits, DHEC air quality, site specific development plans, and building permits.

Permits excluded from this “pause” period, include a number of federal permits and administrative consent orders. The law allows a government entity to revoke or modify a development approval as permitted by law, and it has no effect on Certificate of Need or Demonstration of Need certificates issued by DHEC.

The extension of the “time-out” may be one of our issues for the 2013 legislative session, but it is important to plan now for the expiration of any permits on December 31 that were extended by this law.

Every HBA member can participate in the association’s government affairs program

Dear HBA Member,

We have a Senator that has contested two of our bills and continues to stall them so they cannot come to a vote. Another Senator believes that the state should mandate residential fire sprinklers and will push for this issue every chance he gets. Even another Senator believes that every new homeowner should pay at least a $30,000 impact fee and does not comprehend how that will limit home ownership. These three Senators alone have and will continue to limit our industry and economy.

What can you do? Contribute to S.C. Builders Political Action Committee (PAC).

Last year, our member’s donations helped us support 44 candidates seeking election across the state, including 4 new U.S. House members, which resulted in a 97% success rate. We will also use the monies from your donations to target those who consistently act as a barrier to our industry…especially those looking to be elected in the 2012 Senate races.

How can you help? Participate in the next HBA PAC fundraiser.

A fundraiser is being held this summer at the state convention in Myrtle Beach. If you are attending, you can donate your time and resources. Even if you are not attending, you can donate an item for the silent auction. Members have already donated a billboard, a BMW x6 weekend rental, faucets, and gift certificates. Other ideas include golf outings, hunting/fishing trips, rentals/timeshares, wines, electronics, arts/crafts, and sporting equipment. Your donation to the auction will also be credited as a donation to the PAC for the value the item was purchased.

Your HBA of Greenville will host a PAC fundraiser this Fall with the Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast. The event will include an auction, door prizes, and visits from local elected officials.

What: PAC Fundraiser: Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast
When: September 8, 6 p.m.
Where: Carolina First Center

Please make plans to support your PAC. We will need to be heavily involved in the elections next year to ensure that we support elected officials who understand how vital our industry is. We can only be successful because of members like you.

I hope you will continue to support the S.C. Builders PAC and thank you for all you do.

Mark Nix, Executive Director
Home Builders Association of South Carolina