May 2017 Government Affairs Update
LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS IN FULL SWING: ZONING, WAGE THEFT, SHADOWS + MORE
Legislative hearings are in full swing at the State House. NAIOP tracks and provides testimony on hundreds of bills before the Legislature. In the next two weeks, hearings will be held on several high-profile bills. NAIOP will be testifying in opposition to: the “zoning reform” bill supported by planners and opposed by the development community; the shadow bill – which would expand the law’s reach; indemnity legislation supported by subcontractors that increases risk for developers; the wage theft bill that penalizes those who inadvertently do business with a firm that has committed a wage violation; and numerous bills supported by environmental groups that would severely restrict growth. NAIOP will be testifying in support of legislation that would: extend the soon to expire brownfields tax credit; increase the tax credit available to sites with an AUL that have affordable housing; and several land use bills. If there is a legislative issue of interest to you, please contact Tamara Small.
NEW BUILDING CODE: PUBLIC COMMENT CLOSED, EXPECTED JULY 1 EFFECTIVE DATE
NAIOP testified at a public hearing in March and submitted written comments in April on the 9th edition of the building code. NAIOP’s comments focused on opposition to solar rooftop readiness requirements and electric vehicle mandates in the new code. Comments will be reviewed by the Board in May and a final code is expected to be in effect by July 1 with a six-month concurrency period.
NAIOP SUBMITS COMMENTS ON PFAS GUIDANCE
NAIOP’s recently submitted comments on MassDEP’s Draft Fact Sheet and Guidance on Sampling and Analysis for PFAS at Disposal Sites Regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). The Draft PFAS Guidance provides background information regarding the history, use, current knowledge on potential health effects, and federal guidelines on PFCs and PFAS. NAIOP suggested several changes to the guidance document and looks forward to working with MassDEP on this important issue. Special thanks to NAIOP’s 21E committee for its work on this issue.
NEW MESA MAP: PUBLIC COMMENT UNDERWAY
The new Massachusetts Endangered Species Act Priority Habitat map is out for a 60-day public comment period. NAIOP will be submitting detailed comments after it reviews the new map. Specifically, NAIOP will be commenting on the status of areas proposed for delineation or removal as Priority Habitat (with a focus on the physical or biological features of the habitat) as well as the current scope of existing development in the area.
FUNDRAISER FOR SENATE PRESIDENT
On Tuesday, May 17 NAIOP will be hosting a fundraiser for Senate President Stan Rosenberg in downtown Boston. The event will begin at 8:00AM. This is a good opportunity for the Senate President to hear from NAIOP members and discuss issues affecting the industry, as well as his priorities in this new legislative session. If you plan to attend and contribute or if you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute, please contact Tamara so your name can be added to the list. Member support is appreciated.
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 shaping NAIOP’s advocacy efforts? We value your input! NAIOP’s government affairs committees are a great way to stay informed on the important issues affecting the industry. Due to security restrictions, you must RSVP to attend any upcoming meetings. New members are welcome (and encouraged)! Contact Tamara Small, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, at (781) 453-6900 ext. 5 for more information.