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HBA Advocate Newsletter | February 1, 2022

February 1, 2022
Marshall Fire Update
The HBA’s Marshall Fire Task Force is meeting regularly to help coordinate our industry’s sustained involvement with the rebuilding process. The Task Force is chaired by Steve Erickson, a Louisville-based homebuilder, and Robert August, a Denver-based consultant and builder. Members will focus on providing clear and reputable information to the public about rebuilding, identifying ways that the HBA and its members can help expedite rebuilding, and offering strategies to address logistics, costs and other factors that will impact rebuilding.
The Task Force includes more than 20 HBA members who bring their expertise in rebuilding homes after a disaster, including builders, engineers, architects, planners and finance. Members include:

  • Cindy Bell, HomeAid Colorado
  • Holly Bristol, Remington Homes
  • Lauren Browne, Larsen Development
  • Matt Craffey, Capital One
  • Kristin Dean, Norris Design
  • Jonathan Falk, National Association of Home Builders
  • Shawn Fitzhugh, CTL Thompson, Inc
  • John Guilliams, KGA Studio Architects
  • Forrest Hancock, Brookfield Residential
  • Jason Hansen, Vertical Management Group
  • Rick Lambert, McStain Neighborhoods
  • Dave Lemnah, Lokal Homes
  • Carl Nelson, Century Communities
  • Matt Rankin, Taylor Morrison
  • Joe Sullivan, Ascent Builders
  • David Ware, McStain Neighborhoods
  • Brad Wilkin, Thrive Home Builders
  • Jeff Willis, Berkeley Homes
  • Jeff Wilson, Loomview

In addition to the Task Force, the HBA has launched a series of PSAs to help provide consumer-protection information for homeowners preparing to rebuild or repair their homes. The PSAs will be available on the HBA’s Marshall Fire resource page at The PSAs include social media videos and graphics about avoiding scams and dishonest contractors. PSAs are available in English and Spanish.  We encourage members to post the videos and graphics to their social media feeds or watch the HBA’s social media channels to like and retweet the PSAs.

Commerce City to Increase Transportation/Stormwater Impact Fees in 2022  

On Dec. 13, 2021, Commerce City’s council held a study session to discuss increasing transportation and stormwater impact fees in 2022. The City is justifying the increases based on a $633 million shortfall for arterial roadways and the fact that they have not increased this fee in more than 20 years. The City has also highlighted similar shortfalls for much-needed stormwater improvements. The proposed increases would apply to new homes, retail establishments and shopping centers. A number of different options were presented on where and how they could be implemented.

The current transportation fee for single-family detached homes is $1,181 and would increase anywhere from $2,670 to $6,957, depending on where the development is located. On the stormwater side, the current fee for single-family detached homes is between $1,700 and $3,053 per developable acre, depending on where the development is located. This fee would increase from $36,067 to $54,648 per impervious acre. This would amount to about $3,481 to $5,269 per single family lot. Developers that make road improvements in the City would be eligible for credit to help offset these costs.

Based on the dialogue that occurred among council members during the study session, it appears the Council is supportive of the increases and want to see them adopted in full next year without a phase-in period. The HBA is currently seeking feedback from our members on the potential impact of these new fees and how best to respond to this proposal. We will continue to keep you updated.

HBA of Metro Denver Issue Tracker
Questions on what is happening in a specific city or county? The HBA is regularly monitoring the council and board activities in every political subdivision in the metro Denver area. Our Issue Tracker offers a great resource to learn about the issues being deliberated with links to agendas, packets and ordinances. The HBA of Metro Denver HBA Issue Tracker is available  to all members here.

All of the HBA of Metro Denver's Regulatory and Technical Committees are meeting regularly – Join today and make your voice heard!

As a volunteer-driven organization, the HBA's Jobsite Safety Committee, Permitting Committee, Regulated Utilities Committee and Stormwater Management Committee help guide the HBA's events and activities throughout the year. Consider joining one — or more — if you want to build strong, long-lasting relationships and make a difference to your fellow HBA members, while sharpening your leadership skills. Please visit the HBA website for more information or reach out to Morgan Cullen if you are ready to participate.

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