Remodeling and Home Design
Housing Advocacy Committee

Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities, in partnership with the Realtor's Association of NE WI has a joint Housing Advocacy Committee which meets nearly monthly with local municipalities and discusses regulatory issues facing the industry. 

Housing Advocacy Committee Mission Statement: Engage the real estate industry, building industry and government officials in efforts to promote public policy that furthers quality housing and land development practices that are efficient, responsible and affordable.


Upcoming Meetings: 
  • Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m. at HBA Fox Cities. Special guest is Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Public Policy Mark Rahmlow


ACTION STEPS:
  • Track, analyze and debate local government proposals that affect development and the housing industry.
  • Recommend positions on how to balance community growth and quality of life regarding housing, building and development requirements.
  • Work collectively with staff and other stakeholders to advocate on behalf of the real estate and building industries and private property rights. 

SOME EXAMPLES OF ISSUES THE COMMITTEE HAS ADDRESSED:  

Outagamie County Plat Approval Process
The Housing Advocacy Committee worked with various Outagamie County representatives to develop a framework which more clearly outlined the process and timeline for Outagamie County’s plat approval process. The new policy outlines what benchmarks County staff will be held accountable to, and offers some clarity for those seeking preliminary plat approval regarding what to expect through the process. 

Appleton Building Inspection Survey
The Housing Advocacy Committee worked with the City of Appleton to heighten awareness of delays and inconsistencies within the building inspections department regarding application of building codes to new construction and various home improvement projects. This resulted in a survey initiated by the City’s Inspection Department for which the public could provide anonymous feedback regarding both negative and positive experiences. These responses are then used to help in the evaluation of staff performance. 

Appleton Special Assessment Policies
The Housing Advocacy Committee was successful in lowering the interest charged to homeowners for deferred special assessments from 9% to a percent that is based upon the prime interest rate at the time of the special assessment. In addition, the Association was successful in advocating that the City of Appleton adopt a policy by which homeowners of new construction would be assessed for costs ofroad installation rather than being billed by the developer. This allowed for better transfer of information regarding future assessments during real estate transactions as well as providing homeowners the additional option of paying in installments rather than one lump sum. 

NEWSC Model Stormwater Ordinance
The Housing Advocacy Committee worked closely with the Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium regarding their proposed Model Stormwater Ordinance for communities throughout NE WI. The committee advocated to both NEWSC and participating communities to refrain from adopting provisions that were stricter than the state requirements which would negatively impact privateproperty rights and unnecessarily increase the costs of housing. 

Outagamie County Airport Overlay District
The Housing Advocacy Committee fought against zoning department policy changes that prohibited stormwater ponds within the airport overlay district; advocating for continued used of best management practices for waterfowl deterrents outlined in the FAA manual and utilized by other airports throughout the state of Wisconsin and the country.   




If you are a member of HBAFC and would like to join this committee, contact Executive Vice President Heidi Zich, heidi.zich@hbafoxcities.com

If you are a member of RANW and would like to join this committee, contact Government Affairs Director Jennifer Sunstrom, jsunstrom@ranw.org.