BIA Orange County Members –

Our industry - and the world - have been working remotely and safely through social distancing for 6 months now. With the November 3rd Election drawing near and our industry entering the 4th quarter of the year, the BIA Team is ever ready to serve you through:

  • Advocacy - Our BIASC Advocacy Team continues to monitor all new developments related to the building industry to best serve our members and to establish best practices to help the continuing of conducting business safely. Please see below for our latest Government Affairs Update and please save the date for the BIASC Southern California Housing Policy Conference online on Thursday, November 19th at 9:00AM.

  • Networking – Do some happy haunting as a BOOS, BOOZE & BITA SUPPORTER! Join us by participating in our BIAOC Wine BITA Event - Boos, Booze & BITA to support our BITA program. Be a superhero this Halloween by sponsoring or purchasing an Italian themed wine box to support this annual fundraising event. This event offers you a chance to give back to our industry by supporting a program that encourages students to pursue careers in our labor force. Be sure to pre-order your Italian themed wine box ahead of time as no “day-of” boxes will be available. Important Note! Only those who support will be able to join the pickup party for a quick happy hour of networking.


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Sunti Kumjim
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Santa Ana 

The City of Santa Ana officially voted to reduce their Inclusionary Zoning fee from $15 to $5 per sq. ft. The initial proposal was $5 for future projects, and $10 for projects in the pipeline with 6 months to pull permits or pay the $15. Spearheaded by the BIAOC, along with a coalition of business and housing groups, we asked for all projects to receive the $5 fee and a year for pipeline projects to pull permits for the lower fee – all of our asks were accepted and approved by the city council. This is a major win for housing. According to staff, there were thousands of units that were approved but have yet to pull permits since the fee was increased in 2015. There is also a significant amount of housing units that will be built as the city updates their housing element. Should you have any questions, please contact Steve LaMotte.  

La Habra – Rancho La Habra Project 

The Rancho La Habra development by Lennar is headed to city council in October. The project was recently met with significant NIMBY opposition at the planning commission, and was ultimately not recommended by the appointed body. The public hearing was conducted via zoom over the course of three nights – and was met with significant NIMBY opposition attempting to delay and kill the project. The project is drastically needed in the City, Rancho La Habra would set aside almost 40 acres of public open space, including a new public park and community center, along with over 4 miles of new trails. In addition, Rancho La Habra would generate $1.2 million in annual revenue to the city’s general fund, while also contributing over $50 million for local schools over the next ten years. BIASC was able to collect over 7,000 support signatures that were submitted for the Planning Commission meeting, with that number climbing over 11,000 for the City Council meeting. Should you have any questions, please contact Steve LaMotte

Orange Transportation Fee  

The City of Orange recently moved forward with updating their transportation fee. The fee has not been updated in over 12 years, and is applied to commercial, retail and residential development. Furthermore, the capital improvement project list that ultimately makes up the per door fee, was recently updated to include millions of dollars in new unvetted projects, including millions towards bike lanes. The increase was initially proposed to be 44% on single family development, with no plans to phase in the increase. BIAOC worked with staff and the Council to ask that the increase mirror CPI over the 12 years and phase in the increase over a certain time period. The council ultimately approved a 25% increase and plans to phase the increase in over 3 Years! Should you have any questions, contact Steve LaMotte, and see our letter HERE. 

Anaheim Housing Committee 

In an effort to counter the persistent push for inclusionary zoning, the city created a housing committee to study proactive ways to build housing. A rough policy document was presented to the BIAOC along with a varying degree of housing organizations for input and comment. The document is a great step in the right direction, focusing on Advocating for CEQA reform, creating an ambassador program to work with developers processing through the city, looks at waiving and analyzing city fees to make sure development is not being hindered, and pledges to work with the BIA to create a development tool kit. The document was adopted by the City Council in September and can be viewed HERE. Should you have any questions, contact Steve LaMotte.
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Upcoming Events
BIAOC NextGen Morning Buzz
Thursday, October 15th
8:00AM - 9:30AM

Join BIAOC NextGen for an online Morning Buzz meeting with Steve Ormonde, founder and president of Focus 360.
Upcoming Events
BIAOC NextGen Morning Buzz
Wednesday, November 18th
8:00AM - 9:30AM

Join BIAOC NextGen for an online Morning Buzz meeting with Steve Ormonde, founder and president of Focus 360.
Stay up to date with fellow BIA Members!
Watch the South Orange County Economic Coalition Election 2020 Presentation by OC Tax President & CEO Carolyn Cavecche and moderated by SOCEC Chair Steven LaMotte.

With the November Presidential Election just months away, this year's ballot will include 12 new propositions with initiatives ranging from parole violations to app-based employment to increased taxes on business properties. Before you cast your ballot, watch this critical discussion with OCTax CEO & President Carolyn Cavecche as she reviews each proposition on the November ballot. 

Daniel will champion the firm’s rapidly growing multifamily studio with a special emphasis on density, mixed-use developments, attainable housing, and urban infill opportunities. 

Murow DC is proud to announce Wendy Bucknum City Council Member has joined our Murow DC team to lead our new HOA/Community Association Consulting Division! 
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With over 90 years of experience and leadership, BIASC is a trusted source in helping our members achieve their business goals and projections.

The BIASC provides services that are essential to the success of our members in the building Industry. The BIASC is now providing online educational services to help keep our members informed and up-to-date on how to best adapt to the continually changing circumstances impacting our industry.