Land Use Changes Bill Becomes Law, Plus Building Code Regulatory Reform Is Fifth Major NCHBA Priority To Pass This Session

A longtime legislative priority for NCHBA became law on Thursday. SB 355 (Land Use Regulatory Changes) sponsored by Senators Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg), Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) and Sam Searcy (D-Wake) in the Senate and Representatives Destin Hall (R-Caldwell), John Bell (R-Wayne), Debra Conrad (R-Forsyth) and Billy Richardson (D-Cumberland) in the House was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper. The bill as previously discussed will grant landowners greater certainty by integrating permit choice and greater vesting protections to ensure that the rules are not changed in the middle of a development project. In addition, the bill will protect landowners against 3rd party rezoning efforts. The bill also allows certain claims to bypass the Board of Adjustment and proceed to Superior Court. Finally, the legislation places limits on conditional zoning abuse, while preserving flexibility for developers.

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Builder Inventory Tax Exemption Bill Heads To Governor

The Independence Day holiday made for a short week at the General Assembly last week. While the leaders in the House chose not to meet and come back this week, the Senate maintained business as usual on both Monday and Tuesday. The Senate was able to move several bills last week, before turning their attention back to the vetoed budget. One of those bills will be greatly beneficial to the home building industry.

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Several Legislative Priorities – Including CE For GCs – Await Governor’s Signature

One of NCHBA’s top legislative goals was sent to the Governor last Tuesday afternoon. SB 55 (Continuing Education for General Contractors) cleared the House 108-3 and now awaits the Governor’s signature. The legislation requires at least one qualifier of a building, residential or unclassified licensee to obtain 8 hours of instruction annually starting in 2020 as a requirement for license renewal. Starting in 2021, all 8 hours can be satisfied by taking approved courses online. NCHBA is very appreciative of the leadership of our primary sponsors Senators Rick Gunn (R-Alamance), Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) and Don Davis (D-Pitt) in the Senate and the support that House sponsors Representatives Larry Potts (R-Davidson), Mark Brody (R-Union), Julia Howard (R-Davie) and Ashton Clemmons (D-Guilford) showed in guiding the bill through their respective chamber.

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Several NCHBA Legislative Priorities Considered In Committee

As previously reported, six of NCHBA’s top legislative priorities passed the crossover deadline in May keeping them eligible for further consideration by the other body during this session. Five of those six bills were considered in committee this week due to the likelihood that consideration of substantive legislation other than the budget is coming to a close. Consequently, your legislative team worked long hours to lobby committee members to pass these bills.

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