NAHB's Legal Action Committee recently provided recommendations to the Board of Directors to fund a total of $56,000 in Legal Action Fund grants to members and HBAs to advance legal efforts that will have a national impact on the home building industry.
Some of the issues highlighted for legal funding include zoning and, for the first time, site limitations imposed due to COVID-19.
The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP) was awarded a $10,000 grant in its challenge of state rules that impose greater limits on the number of people on a residential job site than on a commercial site. These rules prevent home builders from completing jobs on time and keeping their skilled labor partners working effectively and efficiently.
A member of the Kansas City HBA received $11,000 to support its challenge to growth controls imposed by the municipality to restrict residential construction. Zoning on the builder member's property was so restrictive that it did not take into account, 1) the suitability of the subject property for the uses to which it had been restricted, 2) zoning and uses of nearby properties, or 3) gains to the public health, safety and welfare.
An NAHB member from the Rochester HBA in New York received continued support of $10,000 in their efforts to challenge local zoning conditions. The member is defending a legal victory they achieved in the lower court, also with NAHB Legal Action Fund financial assistance.
The Legal Action Fund is an opportunity for NAHB members and HBAs to access necessary funds and/or friend-of-the-court briefs to support their legal efforts. If the need arises, please review the Legal Action Fund Guidelines. Check nahb.org/legalfund for deadlines for our next review in January 2021.
For any questions about the Legal Action Fund, please contact Lavon Roxbury.