January 18, 2019

HBA Meets with Austin Development Services Department on Concentrated Compliance Effort

In September and October of 2018, Austin experienced record levels of rainfall, resulting in delays in construction.  After the rain subsided, the City of Austin’s environmental inspection department undertook an imitative called a “concentrated compliance effort.”  This initiative called for city inspectors to visit all 2000+ active build sites to inspect for erosion controls, a massive undertaking that the city was inadequately prepared for.  The initiative resulted in widespread stop work orders, exacerbating the already severe rain delays. 

The HBA engaged immediately to resolve the stop work orders and requested that the city write up a formal report and debrief the industry on lessons learned from the initiative.  Last week, the HBA met with DSD to provide direct feedback on the initiative.  This was one of a series of meetings to ensure that any future concentrated compliance efforts are handled better.

For more information, contact David Glenn, Director of Government Relations and Policy at david@hbaaustin.com.