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In this interview and his presentation at Construction Conference 2011 on Tuesday, Paul Campos, senior vice president of governmental affairs and general counsel of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area, will explore emerging area-wide actions by "superregulators" and how contractors can have a say in the outcome of those decisions.
Construction Conference 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Paul Campos, vice president of governmental affairs and general counsel, BIA of the Bay Area
"Super-regulators" of the Bay Area
Roger Nelson, president of Midstate Construction
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Keith Woods, chief executive officer, North Coast Builders ExchangeGreen Construction Panel
Michael Kimberlain, regional engineer, KriStar Enterprises
Dave Leff, president, Leff Construction
John McGarva, president and CEO, Western Water Constructors
Mark Soiland, president, Soiland Co.Read responses from the Green Panel to several questions on industry trends.
Paul Elmore, president, RNM Properties
Bob Mitsch, vice president for facility planning and development, Sutter Health
Keith Rogal, partner, Rogal + Walsh + Mol, redeveloper of the Napa Pipe plantRead responses from the Opportunities Panel to several questions on industry trends.
BIA of the Bay Area is a trade group representing more than 500 companies connected to home construction. Mr. Campos has been with the association since 1993, providing members with information about regulations and managing court cases such as Home Building Association of Northern California v. Santa Rosa, in which a Sonoma County judge in December struck down a 2008 city ordinance requiring home builders to have their property annexed into a special tax district to obtain building permits.
What are the significant new laws, regulations, rules and policies affecting builders in the Bay Area, especially in the North Bay?
While federal, state, and local laws will continue to affect builders in the North Bay, as they always have, increasingly it is new rules and regulations promulgated by the Bay Area's regional governmental agencies that are having the most significant impact. Some examples:
1. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's (BAAQMD) recent adoption of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) so-called thresholds of significance for greenhouse-gas emissions and toxic air contaminants are having an enormous effect on development throughout the Bay Area -- particularly for infill and transit-oriented projects.
2. Proposed amendments to the SF Bay Plan to address sea-lever rise being considered by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) could have a significant impact on projects far inland of what is traditionally viewed as BCDC's 100-foot shoreline band jurisdiction.
3. The joint development of the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
These regulatory initiatives have the potential to make it even more difficult to do the kind of infill and "smart growth" mixed use that policy makers are urging builders to undertake. There is still an opportunity for builders to engage in these processes, and in particular the SCS, to shape it so that it actually streamlines infill and mixed use projects.