A WEEK WITH BIA
BIA-LAV REGIONAL BOARD LEADERSHIP
On Tuesday, BIA-LAV CEO, Tim Piasky and BIA-LAV member, Sandy Sanchez were installed as 2019 Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) Board Members. Sandy Sanchez of FivePoint will be serving as BizFed's Chair-Elect and T im will be serving as a Co-Chair of the Land Use, Housing and Development Comm ittee. As the leading voice of residential development, BIA-LAV is looking forward to driving the goals of increasing our region's housing supply by reducing regulatory barriers and decreasing costs to build housing. Congratulations, Sandy and Tim!
BIA-LAV LAUNCHES “CA FIRE REBUILD” TO AID IN REGIONAL FIRE RECOVERY
BIA-LAV has developed a website and a homeowner manual to assist communities in the rebuilding process after the Hill and Woolsey Fires. Established by our “Emergency Task Force”, our goal is to convene experts in various disciplines to ensure local homeowners get good information from those that work in the building industry every day. We hope that by lending our expertise, we can assist in our region’s healing process.
OPPORTUNITY ZONE BREAKFAST & FORUM
On Wednesday, January 30th, jo in us and JP Delmore, Tax Lobbyist for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to learn about the Opportunity Zones program & the beneficial tax incentives available to our industry. Space is limited, register today! Click here to register for the event.

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ADVOCACY IN ACTION
LA COUNTY ART FEE UPDATE
Last year, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) reviewed the countywide Art Fee Ordinance, and directed staff to draft a new ordinance to include all residential development and provide more incentives for developers. BIA continues to meet and work work with County staff to develop an ordinance does not increase the cost to residential development. The final ordinance will be heard in April.
SCVWA FEE STUDY UPDATE
This past week, BIA-LAV and Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCVWA) stakeholders met for the first of several meetings on the new facility capacity fee (FCF) study and process being proposed by the Water Agency. This comes on the heels of BIA's efforts, last year, to halt extreme fee increases. BIA will be working closely with SCVWA staff to ensure that the newly adopted FCF and the process of implementation is fair and adequate to our membership.
BIA-LAV CONTINUES DISCUSSIONS WITH VENTURA OVER LINKAGE FEE
BIA-LAV has attended several stakeholder meetings with the City of Ventura as they develop an in-lieu fee for their inclusionary zoning program. The City’s current “Interim Inclusionary Housing Program” is already in effect. BIA-LAV has warned that the fee should not be so high that it hampers development, and should be offset by incentives. A draft of the ordinance is expected in about a month. You can read our letter here
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BIA-LAV PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a 2019 Partner, today! Becoming a partner gets you access to Chapter events year round, marketing across multiple platforms and recognition at all of our events.  Deadline to become a BIA-LAV Partner is January 31st . For more information, please contact Jennifer Minzey at jminzey@bialav.org or (213) 797-5964. 
CALL FOR MASS TIMBER SOLUTIONS PROJECTS--$500,000 GRANT AVAILABLE!
The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) is hosting the California Mass Timber Building Competition, in which they will award a total of $500,000 in grants. Grants will be awarded to two or more selected proponent teams presenting viable and repeatable mass timber solutions for commercial and multi-family projects in California. The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2019 at 5 pm PT.

For more information about eligibility and criteria, click on this link to the competition website.
MEMBER OF THE MOMENT
BREAKFORM REALTY VENTURES, LLC
Breakform is a vertically integrated real estate investment, management, development, design & build company. They focus on developing architecturally significant, eco-friendly homes at attractive prices. Breakform buys off-market assets that trade as a result of liquidity events from long time owners, sourced using data, analytics and a deep network of relationships. Breakform is able to leverage their knowledge of local laws and entitlement practices to obtain permits with expediency, reducing carrying costs! Learn more about Breakform here .
STANDOUT SOCIAL MEDIA MEMBER
DAWN PECK, SYNERGY ONE LENDING
Dawn works with Synergy One Lending and is a veteran to the home finance industry. Over 30 years experience in helping consumers buy their newly constructed home or buying a gently loved home. Dawn specializes in VA Loans for our Military and loves helping first time buyers as well. Last year, Dawn also sat on BIA-LAV's Membership Committee. Thank you for being a Standout Social Media Member, Dawn! Learn more about Synergy One Lending and Dawn, here .
NEWSWORTHY
Walters: Why California pays such a high price for low-rent housing ( Mercury News )

Homebuilders face profitability risks despite a healthy market, housing analyst says   ( CNBC ) 

Why more buildings should be made of wood ( The Economist )
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