On Friday, March 10, BATC held the first meeting of its Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee. This meeting was the organization’s first-ever gathering of a formal group of industry regulation experts. The Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee is comprised of BATC members with deep government, legal and housing industry experience.
Part of BATC’s broadening advocacy efforts, the Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee will examine regulatory rulemaking and other policy initiatives from regulatory agencies affecting members and the Minnesota residential construction and remodeling industry as a whole.
During its quarterly meetings, the subcommittee will examine the effect regulatory rulemaking has on home safety and affordability in Minnesota. The areas to be examined include: Building, Energy, and Plumbing Codes; Construction Stormwater Permit; Met Council Land Planning/Comprehensive Planning; Wetlands Conservation Act; Lead Paint RRP Rule; Precedent-setting Watershed District Rules; Local Government Rules and Regulations.
Bill Gschwind, an attorney with Minnesota Construction Law Services, is the Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee and Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager, is serving as the BATC staff lead.
Committee Roster Chair: Bill Gschwind, Minnesota Construction Law Services
Ross Anderson, The Energy Network
Steve Behnke, Traditions by Donnay
Kent Brander, Civil Methods
Bob Cumbow, Country Joe Homes
Brian Cook, DR Horton
Paul Heuer, Pulte Homes
Andy Michels, Bob Michels Construction
Matt Plec, Great Southern Bank
Kris Ronning, Lennar
Jake Steen, Larkin Hoffman
Mike Swanson, JMS Custom Homes
David Weetman, Westwood Professional Services
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson