August 22, 2019

Advocacy Update: 8-26-2019

Williamson County Subdivision Regulations Subcommittee Meets to Discuss Proposed Changes The Williamson County Subdivision Regulations Subcommittee met on Monday for the third time to discuss…

August 5, 2019

Housing Affordability Causes Ongoing Challenges In New Home Sales In June

Contracts for new, single-family home sales increased in June by 7.0% to a 646,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release…

August 5, 2019

Texas’ Biggest Cities Scramble To Figure Out What The 2019 Legislative Session Will Cost Them

By the time the Legislature adjourned in May, lawmakers had passed bills that limit how much property tax revenues local governments can collect without voter…

July 25, 2019

New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has initiated a long-term effort to transform the program…

July 25, 2019

The fight against mandatory paid sick leave continues with a new San Antonio court case

After the City of Austin passed a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance in 2018, several Texas legislators began drafting legislating to preempt the ordinance at…

July 25, 2019

HBA and ACEA hold joint meeting with Austin Watershed Protection Department to discuss Atlas 14

On Monday, the HBA joined the Austin Contractors & Engineers Association for a presentation from the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department to hear the…

July 18, 2019

Volume Builders Council discusses new legislation – HB 2439

The Volume Builders Council and area building officials had a round table discussion about how HB 2439 will affect development in their respective communities.  As…

July 18, 2019

City of San Marcos presents at July Advocacy Forum

At the July Advocacy Forum, city staff from San Marcos presented an overview of the work completed so far by the Workforce Housing Task Force. …

July 18, 2019

HBA visits with new Arborist for City of Austin

In June, the city’s new arborist, Naomi Rotramel, started at the city.  She came to Austin from Nashville, where she oversaw the city’s urban forestry…

July 11, 2019

Supporting the HBA Issues Fund

The purpose of the Issues Fund is to provide financial support towards advocacy activities that benefit the HBA and the industry, but are not necessarily…