July 24, 2017

Gov. Abbott says cutting property taxes top task for special session

“We have to cut property taxes,” Abbott said. “I would think that is the number one issue.” Abbott, who frequently talks about his mission to…

July 21, 2017

Lawmakers to tackle local construction regulations during special session

Local control was a recurring theme during the 85th Texas Legislative session, and many of those policy debates will continue during the upcoming special session.…

July 21, 2017

The Brief: The #txlege is back for its special session

And they’re back: State lawmakers return to the Capitol today to tackle business left unfinished during a divisive legislative session that ended in May. But…

July 21, 2017

Cedar Park to update its land development code

The City of Cedar Park is updating its land development code. They have released their first draft, and the HBA is reviewing the draft.  We will…

July 21, 2017

HBA CodeNEXT task force has concerns about Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program

July 14th was the deadline for the proposed Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program.  The CodeNEXT task force reviewed the program, and found several areas of…

May 19, 2017

HB 1449 passes Texas Senate

TAB and HBA priority legislation HB 1449, which would prohibit cities from charging what’s known as a “linkage fee” passed the Texas Senate on May…

May 5, 2017

HB 1449 (linkage fees) passes Texas House of Representatives

TAB and HBA priority legislation HB 1449 which prohibits municipalities from requiring a “Linkage Fee (a fee on new development to pay for affordable housing),…

April 13, 2017

City of Austin approved 2015 IRC

At the April 6, 2017 meeting, Austin City Council voted to adopt the 2015 IRC. The HBA had met previously with the building official and…

April 13, 2017

Leander ordinance changes

At their April 6, 2017 meeting, the City of Leander finalized the Ordinance amendments which had been developed over dozens of meetings between the HBA…

March 31, 2017

Building materials rise in February

The cost of building homes is going up. The latest Producer Price Index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that prices of softwood…