Home Builder Advocate
November 6, 2009 • Volume 12 • Issue 17
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Metro Housing Coalition Fall 2009 Election Score Card
Centennial, CO 80112 The Metro Housing Coalition Board of Directors (MHC) is the political committee of the Home Builders Association of
(303) 778-1400 Metro Denver. Led by a board of directors composed of 20 HBA builder and associate members, the MHC works to
www.hbadenver.com educate local and state government officials about HBA issues through the election process, individual meetings,
workshops and events.
EVENTS: Each year the MHC interviews and supports political candidates within the eight-county Denver metro region who
will support a vibrant and affordable housing market.
Committee Meeting Over the last 5 years (2005-2009) the MHC has endorsed and/or contributed to 114 candidates, of which 91or 80%
Thurs., Nov.12, 2009 were successful in their campaigns for elected office.
11:30 a.m., HBA of Metro
Denver, N. Conf Room 2009 MHC Fall Endorsed Candidates:
Contact: Chérie Talbert at
In 2009 the MHC endorsed and/or contributed to 20 candidates. Of those 20, 15 or 75% were successful in their
Cost of Building in Castle campaigns for elected office.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 * denotes winning candidates ◘ = election results not certified until November 12
10:00 a.m., HBA of Metro
Denver, N. Conf Room
Contact: Chérie Talbert at
Deb Wallace, Aurora Ward 1 *Renie Peterson, Aurora Ward 2
email@example.com Larry Beer, Aurora Ward 3 *Bob Fitzgerald, Aurora At Large
◘Bob LeGare, Aurora At Large ◘*Barb Cleland, Aurora At Large
Cost of Building in Aurora *Patrick Quinn, Broomfield Mayor *Bob Gaiser, Broomfield Ward 1
Thursday, Nov.19, 2009
*Dennis McCloskey, Broomfield Ward2 Judy Enderle, Broomfield Ward 4
3:00 p.m., HBA of Metro *Martha Derda, Broomfield Ward 5 *Scott Koop, Lakewood Ward 2
Denver, N. Conf Room *Sue King, Lakewood Ward 3 Amy Attwood, Lakewood Ward 4
Contact: Chérie Talbert at *Diana Allen, Lakewood Ward 5 *Val Vigil, Thornton Ward 2
*Lynne Fox, Thornton Ward 3 *Mack Goodman, Thornton Ward1
Aurora JTF Meeting *Randy Drennen, Thornton Ward 4 *Jason McEldowney, Commerce City
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 At-Large
3:30 p.m., City of Aurora
Municipal Building, 5th floor The MHC has open Board seats available for HBA members who wish to be part of the political committee process.
Contact: Chérie Talbert at
If you are interested in being a part of the process and adding to the wealth of industry expertise that this Board
represents we would welcome your application for appointment to this Board.
For more information or an application to join the MHC Board of Directors please contact Chérie Talbert at
HBA Jobsite Safety Committee Part of Group to Nominate Tim McDougal for NAHB 2009 Safety
Professional of the Year Award
We need your help! Many of you knew Tim McDougal, National Corporate Safety Manager for Richmond American
Homes since 1993 and HBA member extraordinaire. Tim lost his battle with cancer in September and those who
knew him as well as those who did not have lost a tremendous friend and safety advocate for the home building
The HBA Jobsite Safety Committee is part of a group working to nominate Tim for the 2009 NAHB National Safety
Professional of the Year Award. Individuals will need to fill out the form on-line and it needs to be done by this
coming Monday, November 9, 2009. The form needs to be filled out in a certain way, so please refer to these
directions when you fill out the form:
Step 1: Go to the link to the NAHB Safety Professional Form at http://www.nahb.org/form.aspx?formID=1835
Step 2: Every box with a star * must be filled out on the form.
CITY GOV’T LINKS:
City of Aurora Council Step 3: Under nominee information you must include this exact information: Timothy John McDougal, Safety
Agenda Link: Manger, Corporate (National), Richmond American Homes of Colorado, Inc., 4350 S. Monaco St, Denver, CO
www.auroragov.org/aurorag 80237. Phone: 303-773-1100, Fax 720-977-4327. Association: HBA of Metro Denver. Company Description: Tim
ov/government/city_council/ McDougal had worked for Richmond American Homes since 1993. Richmond is a national home builder that has its
utes/index.htm corporate operations in Denver, Colorado. Richmond is among the top 20 builders in the United States and is a
member of the NAHB.
City /County of Denver Step 4: The next section will require your name, title, company and other information.
Council Agenda Link: Step 5: Please fill out the next 5 questions in 350 words or less
aspx?alias=www.denvergov. Step 6: SUBMIT (this needs to be done by Monday, November 9, 2009) Thank you!
If you have any questions, please contact Chérie Talbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New website dedicated to
the new Denver Zoning
Code change: Third Draft Available for Review for the Denver Zoning Code
http://www.newcodedenver.o When the draft code language and maps were released in June, the HBA, individual members and other affected
rg organization began the process of digesting and understanding the new form-based code. In order to ensure that
the new code allows for development that is viable for today’s homeowners, compatible with existing conditions, and
will not add to issues of non-conformity, the HBA asked members to test projects and product type across the city.
In these tests, proposed zoning was compared to various existing structures, proposed projects and approved, but
not yet built projects to make certain the projects and structures would conform.
The results of these testing models from a variety of individuals and organizations in the development community
were provided to the City and the Denver Zoning Code Task Force (DZCTF) over the last two months. The goal of
the HBA and participating organizations was to inform the City of concerns and to better understand the code.
Additionally, the HBA in conjunction with a collaborative group consisting of the AIA Denver, the Denver Board of
Realtors, and the Apartment Association requested that all modeling carried out by CPD staff be published for public
Gradual improvements were made from Draft #1 to Draft #2 and the HBA is asking members to help us review the
newly released Draft #3 to see if concerns brought forward by those who have tested the new code on their projects
and in neighborhoods throughout the city were identified and changed.
Please go to http://www.newcodedenver.org to review Draft Zone Map #3 and Draft Code #3 with the Summary of
Zone Districts. Please contact either Chérie Talbert at email@example.com or Kim Calomino at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or suggestions regarding the new draft code.
Congress sends Homebuyers Tax Credit Bill to Obama for Signature
On Wednesday the Senate approved by a 98-0 vote and then sent on to the House, who passed by a 403-12 vote a
bill that will extend and expand the homebuyers tax credit. President Obama says he’ll sign the bill into law
Buyers who have owned their current homes at least five years would be eligible for tax credits of up to $6,500.
First-time homebuyers — or anyone who hasn't owned a home in the last three years — would still get up to $8,000.
To qualify, buyers in both groups have to sign a purchase agreement by April 30, 2010, and close by June 30.
This is a significant success and will help the housing market continue to improve. Thanks to all our members who
joined with the HBA, NAHB and the Fix Housing First Initiative to communicate loud and clear to our elected officials
that the tax credit is working and needed to be expanded and extended!
SEMSWA, the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority, Seeks Input on Proposed Fees
SEMSAW has conducted a study to establish new fees for the engineering review and permitting associate with land
development activities within SEMSWA’s service area. They are soliciting input from landowners, developers,
planers, engineers, residents and government officials who may be affected by the study.
The HBA attended a stakeholder meeting on November 3 where an overview of the study results was provided. The
study and the 11/3 presentation are available at www.semswa.org; click on Other Fees and Credits. We have been
asked to provide our comments by Friday 11/13 in advance of the next stakeholder meeting on 11/17. If you are a
developer or land owner who will be impacted by SEMSWA fees, please review the study and presentation available
at the SEMSWA website and provide you comments to Kim Calomino at email@example.com. For more
information you may also call Denny Welker, SEMSWA Program Manager, Land Development, at 303-858-8844.
The Town of Parker Prepares to Move on Code Adoption
On December 7 Parker Town Council will hear on first reading the ordinance to adopt the 2009 International Codes.
December 14 will be second reading and public comment. The planned effective date for the 2009 codes is January
1, 2010. It is expected that, as the HBA requested, the Town of Parker will amend the effective date for requiring
residential fire sprinklers in one and two family and town homes to January 1, 2013. To assist builders in becoming
familiar with the code changes Chief Building Official Gil Rossmiller will hold a 2009 IRC update class on December
3 at 10:00 a.m. at Parker Town Hall. The class will include information on what is needed to update current master
plans to the 2009 IRC. For further information contact Kim Calomino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have You Experienced Call-backs Due to Nuisance Tripping of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters?
The 2008 NEC requires all 120 volt, single phase, 15- and 20- ampere branch circuits supplying outlets installed in
bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, sun rooms, recreation rooms or similar rooms to be
protected by a listed arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI). We would like to hear from you whether, since the 2008 NEC
effective date of August 1, 2008, you have experienced an increased number of complaints from home buyers
related to the performance of the AFCIs. Please contact Kim Calomino at email@example.com.
Offices Available for Lease
The HBA has several offices and an executive suite available for lease. If your company is relocating we encourage
you to consider the HBA offices. If you hear of another company that is relocating, please recommend the HBA
offices to them. As all members know, our offices have a lot to offer:
• Great location with easy access to I-25
• Modern, attractive offices, most of them newly furnished
• Very reasonable rates
• Ample parking and meeting room space
For details contact Roger Reinhardt at 303-551-6729 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Space Available
The HBA also rents its meeting rooms and educational facilities. Consider using the HBA facilities for your next
meeting or training event - and let others know of the advantages of holding their meetings at the HBA:
• State of the art A/V equipment
• Education room seats up to 90 and has kitchen access
• Use your own caterer to keep food and beverage costs down
• Meeting rooms in sizes to accommodate nearly every size and type of event
• Very reasonable use fees
• Ample parking for most events; overflow parking available for a reasonable fee.
• Members always receive a discount on facility rental
For a copy of the HBA Facility Rental Agreement or for more information contact Kim Calomino at
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biweekly basis. If you are not a member, but would like to become one, please contact Vicki Pelletier at email@example.com or if
you have any questions about public affairs or Home Builder Advocate please contact Chérie Talbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.