December 2016 Government Affairs Update
NAIOP SUBMITS COMMENT LETTER ON MASSDEP "INTERPRETATION" AFFECTING WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT
In September, MassDEP issued a “Proposed Interpretation” in the Environmental Monitor that states that developers cannot build out onto wharves, piers, and pilings that sit below water at high tide. NAIOP views this interpretation as a regulatory change, which could impact the development rights of countless property owners along the waterfront. NAIOP submitted a detailed comment letter in opposition to the interpretation. DEP is now reviewing comments and NAIOP will continue to follow this issue closely.
UTILITIES SUBMIT PLANS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS OF COMMERCIAL SECTOR
For the past year, NAIOP has represented the CRE industry on the DPU Interconnection Task Force, which was created to discuss the current processes used by utilities to provide new services to commercial projects. Last week, National Grid and Eversource presented plans in response to our concerns. National Grid will be holding a half day meeting on January 26 to present their plans and get feedback. In addition, NAIOP will be scheduling a briefing with the utilities in January and we encourage members to attend. Please take a look at the PowerPoints and contact Tamara to discuss feedback and next steps.
ELECTRIC/GAS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM: FEEDBACK FROM COMMERCIAL + INDUSTRIAL USERS NEEDED
Nearly $1 billion is collected annually by electric and gas utilities to fund energy efficiency programs for customers. Helped by rebates from this program, thousands of businesses have saved money in electric and gas costs by installing more energy efficient equipment. The program is overseen by an Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) representing different ratepayer classes. The EEAC recently held a listening session to better understand the experiences commercial and industrial users have had to date with the program. However, most of the feedback was from residential users. We need to hear from you! Please email email@example.com with your feedback on the program and any areas for improvement.
NEW LEGISLATION FOR 2017-2018
The new legislative session in Massachusetts begins in January and runs through July 2018. Each session, NAIOP works with legislators to file bills that aim to a) eliminate barriers to growth and b) encourage economic development. We are now finalizing our legislative agenda and will be working with legislators to file bills by mid-January.
NAIOP GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ADVOCACY: LEARN MORE, GET INVOLVED!
Interested in NAIOP’s government affairs agenda? Check out the Member-Only Top Issues section of the NAIOP web site for issue briefs, comment letters, and additional resources. Would you like to get involved in NAIOP’s advocacy efforts? We value your input! Contact Tamara Small, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, at (781) 453-6900 ext. 5. All members are welcome.