Local Government Affairs Committee
Local Government Affairs Committee (LGAC) Meeting Dates and Speakers
|June 17||Truckee Interim Chief Building Official Dan West|
The June 17 LGAC meeting will feature Dan West, Truckee’s Interim Chief Building Official. Dan will talk about tightening the WUI requirements to include remodels. This follows other jurisdictions that are in high fire zones. These changes would not take effect until January 2020. Dan will present more details at the LGAC meeting.
Other agenda items for the LGAC meeting include: Placer County affordable housing requirements and small project exemption, Truckee General Plan and Housing Element Updates, and North Tahoe Fire hydrant code requirements.
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.
US REPRESENTATIVE TOM MCCLINTOCK VISITS WITH CATT MEMBERS ON MAY 30
Representative McClintock addressed varied questions from several CATT members at a special meeting on May 30
(L): Representative McClintock with Paul Zarubin, Mt. Lincoln Construction; (R): Nate Farnell, Charles Schwab, Representative McClintock, Mitch Clarin, Mitchell T. Clarin
24 CATT members met with US Representative Tom McClintock (CA-4th District) on Thursday, May 30, at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. The Congressman covered use of Lake Tahoe Restoration Act monies for a fire hydrant assessment at Lake Tahoe and also gave an update on what is happening with forest management and timber harvesting on federal lands. CATT members asked questions about immigration reform and construction labor force, trade tariffs, federal replacement for workers comp, career/technical education, and using federal land for affordable housing. Many constituents never get to meet their federal representative so this was a special occasion. Thanks to CATT Director/CATTPAC Chairman Mitch Clarin for running a smooth meeting!
CATT COMMITTEE SUGGESTS CHANGES TO NORTH TAHOE FIRE FLOW/HYDRANT REQUIREMENTS
On May 15, a dedicated group of CATT members presented a set of procedural changes to the North Tahoe Fire Protection District Board of Directors (NTFPD) for review and discussion. The proposed changes cover hydrant and fire flow requirements for new single family residential construction and residential additions (of any size) in areas on the north and west shore not served by hydrants or where the water supply does not meet minimum fire flow. The home owner must install a hydrant or find an acceptable alternative to make up for the lack of adequate flow. Installation costs can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, making construction nearly impossible for most owners in this situation.
Four problems have arisen over the last three years:
• Lack of information about how to meet the code requirements (no written procedure)
• Lack of timelines to maintain a reasonable schedule of actions and decisions
• Lack of documentation covering negotiations and agreements/disagreements
• Lack of choices to meet the intent of the requirement
The CATT committee has met regularly in 2019 to study the issue and suggest solutions. The committee chair is Pat Souza with Heslin Construction. The committee consists of: Vice Chair John Wood (Loverde Builders, Inc.), Wally Auerbach (Auerbach Engineering Corporation), Don Fulda (Ward-Young Architecture & Planning), Joan Jones (Jones Corda Construction, Inc.), and Wyatt Ogilvy (Ogilvy Consulting Land Use And Development Strategies). Brad Altman (Evolve Design Works, Inc.) recently joined the committee. CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison drafted a problem statement, code language, and a set of procedural changes which were used in advance of the May 15 meeting. Pat also created the powerpoint and notes for the May 15 presentation.
Click here to download the CATT presentation on hydrants and fire flow for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District Board of Directors.
At the May 15 NTFPD board meeting, Fire Chief Mike Schwartz presented a written policy and procedure for CATT and board consideration. Some of the written policy and procedure mirrors CATT requests. There are still some substantive differences between CATT and NTFPD regarding alternative means of meeting the requirements. It is possible the NTFPD Board will vote on any changes at their next meeting: Wednesday, June 19, 4:30 PM, at NTFPD headquarters in Tahoe City.
For more information, please contact CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison 530.550.9999 or email@example.com
PLACER COUNTY TAHOE BUILDING - PERMIT PROCESSOR & PERFORMANCE TRACKING
The Placer County Board of Supervisors are set to adopt a budget for 2019/2020 that includes a new administrative technician position for the Tahoe building department. This position, informally called the Permit Processor, will be responsible for monitoring the influx of plans and insuring plans are moving forward. This additional position will be paid for out of the County General Fund and is in response to CATT requests over the last two years to improve plan check processing. When submitted, plans are placed in one of six queues. Past problems have included process delays and lost plan sets. The Supervisors will hopefully adopt the budget with this new position on June 25.
Another change for the better is the resumption of monthly plan check turn around time reports. The report shows a combined total for both Auburn and Tahoe plus separate reports for each office. Our patience and persistence has paid off - thank you Placer County for getting these reports back on track!
PLACER COUNTY REVISED DRAFT POLICY ON STRUCTURAL OBSERVATION REPORTS
Placer County Building Services Manager Jeff Thomas spoke at the May 20 LGAC meeting and answered questions about a revised draft policy on Structural Observation Reports. The revised draft is dated May 1. Rocky Woods, with Gabbart & Woods Structural Engineers, also attended and said Tahoe Truckee Engineers Association (TTEA) is satisfied with the revised policy.
Click here to download the revised draft policy from Placer County on Structural Observation Reports
CATT TRUCKEE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE COMMITTEE ADDS MEMBERS & SCHEDULES SPEAKERS
CATT’s Truckee General Plan Update Committee, led by Chair Chip Huck and Vice Chair Brian McEneaney, have added members to prepare for the important topics to come. New committee members are Brian Clark (High Sierra Civil Engineering & Consulting), Kurt Reinkens (MWA, Inc.), and Mark Dickson (Simple Power). The committee has also started scheduling speakers to learn more about different parts of the Town’s General Plan Update (GPU). The committee recently heard from Dan Wilkins, Truckee Public Works/Engineering Department head, explaining what the new VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) environmental analysis means as it relates to future development.
On June 19, the committee will hear from sustainability advocate Erin de Lafontaine. Erin is on the Town’s General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) and also Co-Chair of “100% Renewable Truckee.” Erin will talk about Truckee's renewable energy resolution goals and try to shed some light, in a general way, on how implementation of the goals might affect construction. Reducing the use of fossil fuels and increasing sustainable practices will have a role in the Town’s GPU so the CATT committee is ramping up their education efforts. On a related note, CATT founder and CATT GPU committee member Patrick Flora attended the first meeting of the GPAC Climate Subcommittee on May 15. Patrick is the CATT rep for that effort. Housing and Sustainability will be the two priorities to be addressed by GPAC and the community for the next 6-9 months.
For more information about Truckee’s General Plan Update or the CATT committee working on the Truckee GPU, please contact CATT Government Affairs Manager Pat Davison 530.550.9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
A fillable form is also posted on the CATT webpage at http://www.ca-tt.com/lgac-issues
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 20 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), Jim Smith (Mark Tanner Construction, Inc.), 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