Local Government Affairs Committee
Local Government Affairs Committee (LGAC) Meeting Dates and Speakers
|August 19||Placer County Chief Building Official Tim Wegner|
Our August 19 meeting will feature Placer County CBO Tim Wegner. Tim will provide updates and answer questions on Building Department operations.
Other agenda items for the LGAC meeting include: Placer County Traffic Mitigation Fees and consultant recommendations, Truckee General Plan and Housing Element Updates, North Tahoe Fire hydrant code requirements, and LGAC Budget request for 2020.
LGAC meetings are usually held the third Monday of the month at the CATT office and start at 4:00 PM. Any CATT member is welcome to attend LGAC meetings. Please contact CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison at 530.550.9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about LGAC activities or issues of concern to CATT.
FUTURE LGAC MEETINGS and SPEAKERS
|September 16||Truckee Chief Building Official Dan West|
|October 21||North Tahoe Fire Protection District Fire Chief Mike Schwartz|
PLACER COUNTY/TAHOE BUILDING – LACK OF CANDIDATES FOR JOB OPENINGS CREATING DELAYS
Placer County continues its search for a qualified Building Inspector II for the Tahoe office. The vacancy coupled with unforeseen conditions led to some inspections on four separate days to be rolled to the next business day early in the season. No additional inspections have been rolled since. To help support Tahoe, Auburn inspectors have traveled to Tahoe to help with inspections and processing. These efforts, in addition to two new extra-help employees, and the recent employment of a consultant inspector who begins employment in mid-August, will aid in timeliness of services this season. If you have, or know someone who has, construction experience please take a look at the current building inspector opportunity. Here is the Building Inspector II job description. The Inspector II position will be open until filled. County jobs have good benefits and can become great careers for those building professionals who have the needed skills and want to serve the community.
Also, final testing is underway for applicants for the administrative clerk position (journey level) that will handle permit processing in the Tahoe office. Delays with plan check have happened simply because a staffing shortage means no one is available to process plan sets sitting in the queue. The good news is the shelves are clear today!
After testing for the clerk, the County intends to conduct interviews in weeks to come for the administrative position. Here is the job description for the administrative clerk (journey level) position.
In addition, please know building permit applications and plans submitted on or after September 1st, will not likely receive a permit before the October 15, cutoff date. For this reason, please submit your applications now!
CATT’s Plan Check Committee will be meeting with Placer County Building Department leaders to identify solutions addressing these slowdowns. Contact CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison for more detail on CATT’s actions and suggestions to date.
For more information about the Placer County job positions for the Tahoe office, please contact Tim Wegner, Deputy Director at 530.745.3125 or TWegner@placer.ca.gov
USE COMPLAINT FORM FOR PLAN CHECK & INSPECTION PROBLEMS
CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison created a complaint form that can be used to document a problem with plan check or building inspection. This form allows CATT to track the complaint and also gives the managing entity specific detail for remedy. The complaint outline is simple:
• Project address
• Building permit #
• Date problem occurred
• Brief description of what happened
• Your opinion – what should have happened instead
• Your name and contact info
For more information about the complaint form and CATT involvement once the form is filed, please contact CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison at 530.550.9999 or email@example.com
CATT PRIORITIES FOR 2019
This list was unanimously approved by LGAC at their regular meeting December 17, 2018:
2019 PRIORITY ISSUES TO BE HANDLED BY CATT GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MANAGER PAT DAVISON
1. Mitigation Fees – coordinate with LGAC as a whole
Review Annual Updates (all jurisdictions)
Resolve issues with Placer County Traffic Mitigation Fees
Seek Placer County Traffic Fee conversion to SF
Monitor/Comment on Northstar Fire Mitigation Fee Study (if Martis Valley West annexation occurs)
Update CATT Mitigation Fee POLICY re when mitigation fee is calculated and 500 SF trigger for additions (all jurisdictions)
2. Truckee General Plan Update – coordinate with specific LGAC committee
3. Placer County Plan Check/Inspection Procedures & Timelines – coordinate with specific LGAC committee
4. Affordable/Workforce Housing – coordinate with specific LGAC committee (House Truckee First, Truckee funding options, Truckee 2nd unit incentives, Placer in lieu fee and small project exemption, 2nd units on smaller parcels with septic systems, Mountain Housing Council, Factory _OS tour, etc)
5. North Tahoe Fire Hydrant Requirements – coordinate with specific LGAC committee
OTHER - Continue to provide reports and information, conduct leadership training and identify committee recruits, assist with fundraising for the Issues Action Fund, attend CATT meetings, read files for scanning, and perform other administrative duties as needed. Continue to emphasize the importance of CATT members being involved in issues to affect the outcome.
2019 PRIORITY ISSUES TO BE HANDLED BY LGAC MEMBERS & OTHERS:
Placer County Structural Observations Report – John Wood
Multi-Jurisdictional Building Working Group – Jamie Brimer & Mike Nethersole
North Tahoe Fire Plan Check Process – Pat Souza
Truckee Citizens Oversight Tax Committee – Craig Weaver
Truckee Fire Property Tax Distribution – John Pruyn
Fire/Building Code Changes (all jurisdictions) – Jamie Brimer & Brad Altman
DONATE TO CATT "ISSUES ACTION FUND"
The Construction Industry is heavily regulated, with codes, fees, and policies changing on a regular basis at all levels of government. Many times, CATT dialogue with agency staff or elected officials can remove impediments or resolve problems.
But sometimes, CATT needs to take action to protect your industry in a different way. That's why you will hear the refrain: The World Is Run By Those Who Show Up with a call to action - comment now or attend a meeting. That's also why you will hear about CATT hiring experts or consultants to provide supporting information as a way to change the outcome of some code, fee, or policy proposal.
Consultants and experts give CATT an added boost, reinforcing a point from an outside perspective. That could make the difference between a questionable proposal getting adopted as is and one getting modified to be more reasonable.
CATT's Issues Action Fund is a dedicated fund set up to channel donations to those special issues where an expert or consultant can make a positive difference. LGAC oversees the Issues Action Fund. Please consider making a donation to the IAF today as a way to protect your tomorrow. Download the donation form here.
For more information about the CATT Issues Action Fund, please contact CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison (530.550.9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
WHAT IS LGAC?
CATT's Local Government Affairs Committee is a permanent committee composed of members who are interested in Fees - Codes - Regulation - Policy. This is the committee that analyzes issues affecting the building industry and determines CATT position and strategy. This committee works very closely with CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison.
Bring your problems or concerns to LGAC. You may think you are alone when in reality others may be experiencing the same problems. LGAC could be the place to help you find a remedy. Experience the power of numbers with CATT as your ally.
Come to the LGAC meeting and learn what is happening with TRPA, the Town of Truckee, Special Districts, and the three Counties. Find out what CATT is doing to improve conditions for you and the building industry.
WHO IS LGAC?
CATT’s Local Government Affairs Committee (LGAC) has 19 members. LGAC Chair is Tony Commendatore (Aegis Insurance Markets), Vice Chair is John Wood (Loverde Builders, Inc.). Committee members are: Eric Slominski (Barrish Pelham & Associates), Jamie Brimer (Brimer Construction & Plumbing), Chip Huck (CST Holdings, LLC), Dan Fraiman (Daniel Fraiman Construction), Heather Rankow (Developer’s Connection), Valerie Brinker (Dickson Realty), Michael Forshee (Forshee Construction), Cody Heller (Heller Construction, Inc.), Pat Souza (Heslin Construction), John Pruyn (High West Landscape Architects), Ryan Marsden (Marsden Architects), Brian McEneaney (McEneaney Construction), Mitch Clarin (Mitchell T. Clarin), Craig Weaver (Molsby & Bordner, LLP), Kristi Thompson (MWA, Inc.), Justin Bertoli (NSM Corporation), and Christian Edwards (Timberline Construction).
If fees, regulations, codes, and policy interest you, contact LGAC Chair Tony Commendatore at 530.582.6000 or email@example.com