February 6, 2019
#1 Complete Streets? At What Cost?
Increased pedestrian safety. Making room for multi-modal transportation. Improved accessibility. Those all sounds like great ideas. SAHBA is aligned with the City of Tucson in finding opportunities to build “complete streets.” But do these ideas make sense for residential projects? Who pays for the implementation? Will it increase our taxes and/or decrease housing affordability? These are all things SAHBA is trying to determine.

Check out the letter we sent to Mayor & Council. 

To learn more about the Complete Streets policy click here and share your comments here
#2 Drought Plan Takes Important Step + Water for Development
Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) took a monumental step forward last week when the legislature passed a package of bills necessary to move the plan forward.

Included in the legislative action was a joint resolution authorizing the Director of the Department of Water Resources to sign DCP agreements on behalf of the state. This will be done in conjunction with the other Colorado River basin states and require federal legislation. In short, DCP is not done but the finish line is in sight.

Some good news for home builders and related professions - Upon the Governor’s signing of the legislation, the Gila River Indian Community signed an agreement with the Central Arizona Ground Water Replenishment District (CAGRD) that would provide an annual renewable supply of approximately 30k acre feet per year for 25 years. This is a BIG deal as development relies heavily on the CAGRD. 
#3 Fed Holds Interest Rates Steady; What Does This Mean for Housing?
Fed Holds Interest Rates Steady; What Does This Mean for ...

The Federal Reserve ended its two-day meeting of its policymaking committee by announcing it would hold short-term interest rates steady and signaling that it will carefully evaluate future economic conditions before considering another rate hike.

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#4 New Food Trucks Joining the Spring Home Show
We are excited to announce our food trucks at the SAHBA April 12-14 th home show. There is something for everyone - from iced coffee, tri-tip sandwiches, vegetarian noodle bowls to cupcakes. You can get anything you want.

#5 SAHBA Member in Action
More People In Action

Brett Anderson earns top credential Brett Anderson, Cadden Community Management Vice President, recently joined the elite group of community association managers who have earned the Professional Community Association Manager credential from...

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Other News...
Spotlight Member...Cindy Lipphardt

Cindy Lipphardt started her career in real estate selling resale homes in 2005. Five years later she decided to make the change to new construction when she took a position as a Sales Associate with Richmond American Homes .

As a Sales Associate Cindy became a both a Trainer & Team Captain and was promoted to Sales Manager in 2015. Most recently, Cindy was promoted to Director of Sales for the Tucson Division.

Cindy has a passion for selling new homes. "I always love selling the positives of buying new and watching a buyer’s dream start on paper and then continue with their building process, even after they have moved in to their beautiful new home".

Additionally, Cindy says "It’s been great watching the Tucson Division grow and I’m proud to be a part of this great team"!
Thank You To Our Renewing Members
A Handyman's Haven
Accessible Home Remodeling
Action Imaging Group (ProCopy)
AdVision Outdoor
America Roofing LLC
Andrew Lauren Tucson
Apcon Construction
Apex Windows & Bath Accessories
Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Designs Kitchens & Baths
Arizona Tile
Arizona Wills & Trusts
Assurance Builders
B&J Refrigeration Inc.
Baker & Associates Engineering
BBSI Tucson
Bednar Design & Construction
Borderland Construction
Bowles, Charlie - Life Director
Bright Future Real Estate Research
Cadden Community Management
Cantera Real Estate, LLC
Casa Linda Designs, LLC
Catalina Mechanical
Cathey's Vacuum & Sewing
CBRE, Inc.
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Closet Trends
Commerce Bank of Arizona
Concrete Designs
Copper State Consulting Group
Cottonwood Properties
Cox Communications
Culligan Water of Tucson
Diamond Ventures
Diversified Builder Supply, Inc.
DR Horton Homes
Earth Energy's Hearth & Patio
Engineering & Environmental Consultants
Environments For Living (TopBuild)
Erickson Framing AZ LLC dba Door Sales & Installations
Express Flooring
Family Air
Fennemore Craig
Fidelity National Title Agency
Flame Connection
Frey Creative Marketing
Gale Contractor Services
Gannon Utility Consulting, Inc.
Geo & Associates, Inc.
Giachetti Construction
H2o Concepts International
Hayes Construction, Inc.
Henry Design Build LLC
Hodges Construction Inc.
Home Team Pest Defense, Inc.
Homes & Land Multimedia
Jacobs Electric
JMKS Construction
Kaiser Garage Doors & Gates
Kinetico Quality Water
LeCocq Construction Company
Lennar Corporation Loan Depot
Long Realty Company
Maracay Homes
Marum & Associates Engineering
Mattamy Homes
McCaleb Design & Construction
Meade, Paula - Life Director
Meritage Homes
Mesquite Homes
Monark Premium Appliance Company
Northwest Exterminating
OneAZ Credit Union
Open Enclose
O'Rielly Chevrolet Commercial & Fleet
Patio Pools of Tucson
Pepper Viner Homes
Perry Engineering, LLC
Pioneer Pools
Platinum Management
Presidio Engineering
Pulte Group
Rancho Sahuarita
Reliant Capitol LLC
Residential & Renovation Engineering
Richmond American Homes of Arizona
Rick Engineering Company
Rite-Way Ventilating Company
Royce Corporation
Santa Rita Landscaping
Schooley Mitchell
Shorbe Construction & Consulting
Skyline Printing
Smart Systems Technologies
Snell & Wilmer, LLP
Sombra Homes
Southwest Iron Works
Spec 10 Inc. DBA Exterior Systems
Staff Matters
Stamback Septic
Stan Greer Millworks
Stantec Consulting, Inc.
Summit Brick Company
Sun Lighting Sunbelt Holdings
Sunset Custom Homes
Sunshine Experts, LLC
SW Sun Control Retractable Shades
Terra Designs
The Blind Guys, LLC
The Planning Center
Tierra Right of Way Services
Timberlake Cabinetry
Title Security Agency
TJ Bednar & Company
TMC Custom Pools
Tofel Dent Construction
Tom White Carpentry, Inc.
Trico Electric Cooperative
Tucson Artisan Builders
Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
Tucson Rolling Shutters
Tucson Water
Tuff Shed
US Carpentry (MNI)
Vast Real Estate Solutions
Water Tec of Tucson
West Coast Innovations
West Coast Roofing
Westerner Products, Inc.
WestLand Resources
Whitton Companies
Whyde, Michael - Life Director
Williamson's Heating & Cooling
WLB Group
Wright, Martha - Life Director
WVR Consulting
Zona Services Group, LLC
Why Wage Growth Is So Lousy?
While the most recent jobs report showed the unemployment rate at 4.0% — the lowest rate in almost 50 years — it also showed annual wage gains running at just 3.2%. While that is the best rate of growth in over a decade, late in the last business cycle, wage gains were over 4%, and at the height of the dot.com bubble, wage gains were over 5% a year. Shouldn’t the current tight job market result in faster wage growth as employers compete for increasingly scarce workers? The answer is “not really,” and it’s for several reasons. 

Click here to read more. 
Mark Your Calendars
Southern Arizona Chapter of the ICC

February 12 & 13 | 8:00am-5:00pm
Southwest Gas Auditorium
3401 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85714

This is a one day event with 2 dates currently available and seating is limited.

The 2018 International codes were adopted and effective starting January 1, 2019.

This education opportunity covers the "2018 IBC Transition from the 2012 IBC". 
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