Builders are nowhere without their blueprints, and an association can go nowhere without a plan. Below are the association's legislative agendas, strategic plans, and budget projections.
Department of Safety and Professional Services
Find a way to assure municipalities are not able to use “police powers” to regulate things like shoreland zoning and one and two-family building codes
Look for ways to have a more uniform application for one-two family building permits and require either a paper or electronic building permit but not both when applying for a permit (and that a printed copy of the online form must be accepted by a local municipality)
Department of Workforce Development Issues
Work with DWD and the governor’s office on a plan to provide additional training to those going into the trades that may include veterans and the formerly incarcerated and include te Home Builders Institute (HBI)
Changes to TRANS 233 to allow flexibilities for minor projects in highway right of ways, utility easements, and buffer areas (landscaping, signs, parking lots) that the current rule does not allow
Reintroduction of “Workforce Housing Tax Incremental District” language from 2017 AB 770
Support a legislative fix to allow dry river beds to include development in Door County
Work with the DNR on ways to make sure the assured delineator program can be accessed by more consultants seeking to get the designation
Develop an incentive package for municipalities to encourage narrow street and sidewalk designs (if currently required by the municipality) in developments
Clarifying statute changes on bonding used for infrastructure and the process for conditional use permits
Preempt the use of statutory protest by municipalities
Review the current impact fee state statutes and consider recommendations to modernize and streamline the process for collection of these fees
Tort Reform Issues
As a member of the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, continue to support legislative and state budget initiatives “promoting fairness and equity in Wisconsin’s Civil Justice System” and consider eliminating the time extenders in statute of repose, 893.89 (3) (b)
Maintain current law regarding Use Value Assessment of agricultural land
Continue to pursue changes to DATCP 110 either via administrative rule change or legislative change to make it easier to follow to assure compliance
Recently, the WBA Board of Directors endorsed a new focus and vision for our association when they approved the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan. The plan presented was the product of a two-day planning session that took place in April 2016, comprised of ten members and staff from across the state.
In addition to the two-day planning session, a comprehensive “voice of the customer” survey was sent to all WBA members to get their feedback in order to help construct a three-year plan for WBA. The most encouraging fact that came out of the member survey was that 95% of those who responded were happy with the work that the WBA was doing. The first goals of the plan were to work on several 90 day priorities that included:
The WBA Executive Committee will be monitoring the progress of completing tasks laid out in the strategic plan, and will report those back to the WBA Board of Directors.
Full Plan PDF Download
In compliance with the WBA 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, key leaders and staff have created a draft, three-year budget forecast. The development of this forecaset addressed the financial requirements of the key focus areas as outlined in the strategic plan.