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Governor Brown Signs Subdivision Map Extension Legislation

CBIA's Government Affairs team is reporting that Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 208, authored by Assemblyman Fuentes (D-Sylmar).  The legislation statutorily extends the life of tentative subdivision maps that would have expired prior to January 1, 2014.

The Governor's action protects nearly 2,500 approved tentative tract maps representing nearly 330,000 housing units that are currently approved but have been stalled due to depressed housing markets and a stubborn economy.  AB 208 provides an additional 24-month extension to expiring maps and will seamlessly benefit projects that were extended by 24 months back in 2009 by way of AB 333 (Fuentes).

CBIA and the Riverside BIA would like to thank the bill’s author, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, for his leadership and steadfast support of our industry.  CBIA and the Riverside BIA would also like to recognize Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), who played a critical role throughout the process as the bill's jockey on the Senate Floor last week, along with the bill’s co-authors:   Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Riverside), Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Assemblyman Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park), Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita), and Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose).

The team at CBIA and the Riverside BIA would also like to thank Governor Jerry Brown and his staff for recognizing the importance and urgency of this critical legislation.  We encourage you to write the Governor and the author of the bill to express appreciation for their efforts to assist the industry, particularly if a project of yours has been aided.

Download a "Thank You" letter template to the Governor

Download a "Thank You" letter template to Assemblyman Fuentes

Subdivision & Parcel Map Extension Bill Moves Through First Hearing

A bill that would help protect nearly 2,500 existing tentative tract maps and parcel maps is making the rounds in Sacramento.

Authored by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (Appropriations Chair), AB 208 would statutorily extend tentative subdivision and parcel maps for an additional 24 months. The bill moved quickly through the Local Government Committee earlier this week on consent and with full bi-partisan support.

Assemblyman Fuentes continues to be a stalwart supporter of the home building industry as demonstrated by his authoring of AB 333 in 2009, and again this year with AB 208.

AB 208 will now be heard in the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development on April 6.

CBIA Seeks Two Year Extension for Subdivision Maps

Keeping projects afloat and subdivision maps alive is a top 2011 legislative priority for the Riverside BIA's state affiliate, the California Building Industry Association.  CBIA is sponsoring AB 208 by Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) which would statutorily extend tentative subdivision and parcel maps for an additional 24 months.

The measure builds on the previous 24-month map extension approved by the Legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger in 2009 (AB 333 – Fuentes), as well as SB 1185 (A. Lowenthal), a 12-month extension approved in 2008.  Both measures were approved in the hope that the housing economy would rebound.  Unfortunately, state unemployment sits at more than 12%, the state’s housing starts are near all-time lows and the forecast for 2011 housing starts only shows modest improvement.  

AB 208 is key to keeping projects on-line as housing markets slowly recover.

As introduced, AB 208 has a bi-partisan list of early co-authors, including Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D- West Covina), Assembly Member Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Assembly Member and Chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee, Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita), Assembly Member Nora Campos (D-San Jose), as well as Senator Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley).

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New-Home Construction in California Up 21% in November

The latest data from CBIA and the Construction Industry Research Board shows California homebuilders pulled permits for 21% more homes in November when compared to the same month a year ago.

That sounds good, but let's not forget that it doesn't begin to get us back to where we need to be in order to meet housing demands in our state. And right now we're building a record low number of units at the same time our state's population is growing.

It seems that multi-family permits are responsible for the boost. Permits were pulled for 3,175 total housing units in November, up 21% from the same month a year ago and up 35% from October. But permits for single-family homes totaled 1,318, down 28% from November 2009 and down 10% from the previous month, while multifamily permits totaled 1,857, up 129% from a year ago and up 108% from October.

The story is a little different in the Inland Empire. 

In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, permits were pulled for 385 total housing units in November, down 44% from the same month a year ago and up 26% from October. Permits for single-family homes totaled 265, down 29% from November 2009 but up 6% from the previous month. Multifamily permits totaled 120, down 62% from a year ago and up 122% from October.

For the first 11 months of 2010, a total of 5,666 permits were pulled in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. That down 7% when compared to the first 11 months of 2009.

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CBIA Secures Major School Facilities Victory

After months of negotiations with school districts throughout California and an intensive lobbying campaign aimed at the State Allocation Board (the entity responsible for allocating state funds for the new construction and modernization of local public school facilities), the CBIA Governmental Affairs division is pleased to announce that a major agreement has been struck that will make significant additional dollars available to finance the construction of new school projects. The deal, just approved unanimously by the Allocation Board, will likely provide builders with a cushion against triggering “level 3” (100% builder financing) through the coming year.

Under the specifics of the plan, $233 million in remaining bonding authority heretofore reserved for urban districts, minus a 15% reserve, will be transferred into the state’s new school construction account. The official action took place this afternoon during the final meeting of the year of the Board. The $211 million transfer, coupled with roughly $300 million in remaining funds tagged for new construction, raises the new construction fund balance to well over $500 million.

The deal reflects the culmination of months of negotiations and countless hours of lobbying by the CBIA team of Jason Bryant, Gary Gibbs and Richard Lyon. CBIA thanks all of the Allocation Board members, including the Chair, Cynthia Bryant, and the legislative leadership, particularly Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D – Danville), and Senators Jean Fuller (R – Bakersfield) and Bob Huff (R – Diamond Bar). Over the course of the coming year CBIA will continue to monitor the burn rate and the status of funds as it gears up for a collaborative effort to place a comprehensive school bond on the 2012 statewide ballot.

New Building Codes Take Effect January 1, 2011

An important reminder for developers with projects planned for the near future: All permit applications submitted after December 31 will be subject to the new California Building Codes.

The updated building codes include changes associated with the new green building standards and the mandate for fire sprinkler systems in all new homes. The administrative trigger for any state or local building code is based on the permit application submittal date.

Specifically, Health & Safety Code 18938.5(a) states: "Only those building standards approved by the commission, and that are effective at the local level at the time an application for a building permit is submitted, shall apply to the plans and specifications for, and to the construction performed under, that building permit." 

The building permit application submittal date is the key point in the statute. However, it should be noted that it is entirely up to the local building department to determine what constitutes a building permit application, and this does vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

For example, many jurisdictions will allow a phased project that is already well under construction to continue to show compliance under the existing California Building Codes, providing the models have not changed from those originally approved when the project started.

Other jurisdictions may take a more aggressive interpretation. That is why developers should contact their local building department now to get a clear interpretation of how they plan to implement the new 2011 California Residential Code and California Green Building Code.

For more information on the new building codes, contact Bob Raymer at CBIA.

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