Government Affairs Local Update
From the Desk of Troi Bachmann
Joint Government Affairs Director
Forsyth County Sewer Tie-Ins: An exploratory committee consisting of City-County Utility and Inspections staff, plumbers, utility contractors, and developers has been formed to find a solution to problematic sewer tie-ins across Forsyth County. If you would like to contribute, please contact Troi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forsyth County System Development Fees:
At the January 14 Utility Commission meeting, the Commissioners voted to delay implementation of System Development Fees until May 1, 2019. The fees will likely be rolled out at 50% from May to July, and then 100% starting July 1. At the last Quarterly Development Forum, the Utility raised the question of if the fees could be subsidized in some way based on cost of the home. Discussions are continuing on this topic.
Insurance Rate Increase:
In the last days of 2018, the North Carolina Rate Bureau presented a request to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to increase homeowners’ insurance rates an average of 17.4%. This is the second rate increase in two years. Any rate increase will negatively impact the state’s real estate industry as just a few percentage points increase in insurance rates can mean hundreds of dollars in additional costs borne by homeowners. Insurance Commissioner has set a hearing to examine the request for September 4, 2019.
SAVE THE DATE for NCHBA Legislative Days:
This year, NCHBA Legislative Meetings will occur May 21-22 in Raleigh, NC! Come advocate for your industry with your fellow HBA members from across the state.
- HBAWS Legislative Day Information Session: Troi will host a brief information session about what to expect at Legislative Day on May 8 from 1 PM – 2 PM at the HBAWS Office. Come learn about your legislators and talking points for meetings!
Forsyth County UDO Update: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning will be working in the next year to make updates to the Unified Development Ordinances. These updates are intended to make the UDO more user-friendly. You can find an initial draft of the Code Assessment here, and more information about the project here.
Forsyth County GeoData: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County are in the process of moving away from the old GeoData platform. GIS Information can now be found at http://mapforsyth.org/.
Work Ready Forsyth: Forsyth County has applied to become an ACT certified Work Ready Community, which is a program aimed at linking workforce development with education and providing for the unmet labor needs of local employers. The certification process is a two-part system: the first aims to have individuals receive National Career Readiness Credentials and demonstrate an aptitude for workplace skills, and the second part is to have businesses in the community recognize this is a credential that can be used in hiring practices. Find out more about the program here.
Troi Bachmann | Local Government Affairs Director NC REALTORS®
Mail: 4511 Weybridge Ln | Greensboro, NC 27407
Telephone: Office 336.808.4233 | Mobile 336.491.1316