Government Affairs Update

Troi Bachmann, Joint Government Affairs Director, HBAWS & WSRAR

Government Affairs Local Update 

From the Desk of Troi Bachmann
Joint Government Affairs Director 

HBA Legislative Days are May 21-22!

Travel with us to Raleigh to visit with our legislators! Meetings with legislators will take place in the morning on the 22nd  from about 9-12:45.

  • Troi will host a Legislative Days information session at the HBA on May 8 at 1 PM to go over potential talking points and the legislators we’ll be visiting with. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Chair of WS/FC Planning Board Resigns:

Due to health concerns, the chair of the City-County Planning Board, Arnold King, has resigned. Vice Chair Chris Leak will fill in as Chair until the Board elects a new Chair. King’s resignation has also created a vacancy in the Planning Board. If you are a Forsyth County resident that lives outside of Winston-Salem city limits and you are interested in serving, please call Troi at 336-491-1316.

Proposed Changes to Forsyth County Board of Education:

Representative Debra Conrad (a former Forsyth County Commissioner) and Representative Donny Lambeth (a former WS/FC Board of Education member) were primary sponsors of a bill that would change Forsyth County BOE elections.  HB90 would stagger the terms of school board members. Currently, all members of the Board of Education are up for reelection every 4 years (2 seats for District 1, 4 seats for District 2, and 3 At-Large seats). If HB90 is passed, an election would occur as planned in 2022, with all 9 seats up for reelection. In 2024, however, the District 2 seats would be up for reelection. Then, in 2026, the District 1 and At-Large seats would be up. Conrad and Lambeth also sponsored a bill that would require any changes to the WS/FCS school assignment policy to be approved by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

Proposed Changes to City of Winston-Salem Wards:

HB519, also sponsored by Representatives Conrad and Lambeth, would change Winston-Salem Wards from 8 distinct wards to 5 wards with 3 at-large seats. The bill also gives the Mayor voting privileges in Council business (other than when there is a tie, which is the current procedure). HB519 would shorten terms for Councilmembers and the Mayor to 2 years each. HB509, filed by Representative Derwin Montgomery, would extend the terms of City Council and Mayor to 2022 to bump City elections off of presidential years. Due to the overlap in content of these bills, a compromise version will have to be made.

System Development Fees: Another exploratory meeting is scheduled for April 18 at 1 PM. If you would like to attend, please contact Troi for more information ( If you are having trouble getting water meters, please send Troi the addresses being affected.

Sewer Tie-In Update:

As of today, for existing lines, plumbers will be allowed to tie-in at 5 feet below grade, but no higher. The Inspections Department will not approve a tie-in at higher than 5 feet. The Utility and Inspections Department are working on revising the spec documents with a new accepted tie-in method. More to come after a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 10.

New Water and Sewer Connections:

WS/FC Utilities Field Operations have suspended installation of new water and sewer connections by Utilities Field Operations. The Utility has requested all new water and sewer connection requests to be directed to licensed utility contractors. Any connections sold prior to January 1, 2019 will be honored.

“Missing Middle” Housing Presentation: On May 21st at 5:30 PM, the City of WS will be hosting a presentation about the “missing middle” in housing. Councilmember Jeff MacIntosh has asked for our support at this meeting. I’ll be in Raleigh with the HBA for Legislative Days, but we need some members to attend this presentation. More information to come. Click here for more information.

Construction Career Days: Save the date for 2019 Construction Career Days- November 5&6. The Chamber’s Construction Career Days event puts high school students on the path to rewarding career opportunities by showing them the latest equipment and innovations in the skilled trades while they explore an interactive environment and meet employers. I am working on a grant for this event so the HBA/WSRAR can partner with the Chamber. If you would like to be an exhibitor, click here.

Pints and Politics:

WSRAR & HBAWS are seeking sponsors for our annual mixer with elected officials and staff.

Pints and Politics is an event designed to get REALTORS®, Builders, and various real estate professionals face-to-face with elected officials and staff to discuss issues pertinent to our industry. The event primarily consists of mingling, but features a brief keynote speaker to introduce topics pertinent to the event. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact Troi!

Troi Bachmann | Local Government Affairs Director, NC REALTORS®
Mail:  4511 Weybridge Ln | Greensboro, NC 27407
Telephone: Office 336.808.4233 | Mobile 336.491.1316

Housing = Jobs

Housing = Jobs

Housing = Jobs

[NCHBA] Consumer Benefits of New Construction:

  • Even though new homes tend to be larger, energy costs are about 10 percent lower in new homes compared to existing homes.
  • Maintenance costs on average were 56 percent lower in new homes; $547 a year for all single family homes versus $241 for homes built after 2008.
  • New homes feature floor plans that suit modern lifestyles, with open space layouts, high ceilings, large windows and design features such as information centers in kitchens, laundry rooms located near bedrooms, walk-in closets and pantries and mudrooms for convenience and comfort. Find the most popular features in 2014
  • Today’s new homes are built with environmentally-friendly features such as energy-efficient tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, HVAC systems, insulation and windows and doors that make the home more comfortable and can save the home owners money over the long term.

Community and Economic Benefits of New Construction:

The estimated one-year local impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include:

  • $21.1 million in local income,
  • $2.2 million in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and
  • 324 local jobs.

The additional, annually recurring impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include:

  • $3.1 million in local income,
  • $743,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and
  • 53 local jobs.


*Article originally posted on NCHBA website.