Voice of the Industry (letters, comments, OpEds, etc.)

 MBIA’s Baltimore city chapter sent the Baltimore City council this letter on adoption of the International Green Construction Code on August 4, 2014.

MNCBIA position on a proposed DPS fee study. (June 19, 2014)

NCBIA statement in support of Expedited Bill 24-14, Property Tax Credit - Accessibility Features - Eligible Features.(June 9, 2014)

Letter to the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Montgomery County Council regarding District Map Amendment Application G-956, PHED Work Session #1; Zoning Conversion Practices.

MNCBIA Testimony Concerning the Proposed 2015 Operating Budget for the Department of Permitting Services (April 9, 2014)

Testimony of BIA's Bob Kaufman concerning the various Energy related bills introduced by Councilmember Berliner and others. (Feb. 11, 2014)

Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post with regards to a recent article by Robert McCartney concerning the growth plans for Charles County.

Testimony of Jude Burke, WSSC Liaison Chair, on Bi-County Bill (PG/MC 108-14), to allow SDC Credits for work on large water mains at risk.

Testimony on the 10 Mile Creek Limited Master Plan Amendment presented by BIA's Bob Kaufman to the Montgomery County Council on December 5, 2013.

Testimony on the Montgomery County Zoning Rewrite written by BIA's Bob Kaufman and sent to the Montgomery County Council on November 14, 2013.

Letter (dated 9-12-13)  to Montgomery County Council PHED Committee Members Floreen, Leventhal and Elrich regarding  Zoning Text Amendment No.13-04 - Expression of Concerns over Grandfathering

Email (July 11, 2013) sent to the Montgomery County Council T&E Committee members from BIA's Bob Kaufman concerning the tree canopy bill.

Testimony on Right-of-Way Tree Bill as written by MNCBIA's Bob Kaufman and sent to the Montgomery County Council on June 23, 2013.

Testimony on Montgomery County's proposed rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance as written by MNCBIA's Bob Kaufman and sent to the Montgomery County Council on June 11, 2013. 

Testimony on the Smart Growth Investment Fund as presented by MNCBIA's Bob Kaufman before the House Environmental Matters committee in Annapolis on February 28, 2013.

Testimony in support of PG 420-13 (School Facilities Surcharge) as presented by Hamer Campbell before the Prince George’s House Delegation in Annapolis on February 19, 2013.

Testimony on Bill 35-12 Canopy Tree Bill and Bill 41-12 Roadside Tree Bill as presented by MNCBIA's Bob Kaufman at the public hearing on January 17.


Letter (September 11, 2012) to the Montgomery County Council from BIA's Bob Kaufman, with comments on ZTA-12-11 Accessory Apartments.

Letter (September 10, 212) to Ed Landon, Director Maryland Codes Administration from BIA's Regulatory Affairs, Annette Rosenblum with comments on the adoption of the International Green Construction Code and the assumptions regarding fire sprinklers.

Letter to Katherine Shaver, Washington Post reporter, from Jude Burke, BIA’s Chair of the WSSC Liaison Committee, with comments on an article she wrote on August 23, 2012 on big water pipes. Read the article here.

Letter (August 16, 2012) to C.J. Lammers, Maryland-National Capital Planning Commission, with industry comments on the proposed Draft Subdivision Bill SB236 Tier Legislation.

Written comments from MSBA expressing concern and opposition to the proposed regulation 26.04.02 Sewage Disposal and Certain Water Systems for Homes and Other Establishments in the Counties in Maryland Where a Public Sewage System is Not Available.

Testimony from MNCBIA for the Subdivision Staging Policy Public Hearing on June 28, 2012.

Testimony of WSSC Liaison Chair Jude Burke at the June 6, 2012 Hearing on WSSC's Proposed Pipeline Design Manual regarding the 80-Foot Setback.

Letter (May 17, 2012) to Kina Campbell, Associate Director, Permit & Review Division of the Dept. of Environmental Resources for Prince George’s County from the MNCBIA with recommendations as the County adopts the 2012 International Codes.

Letter (May 17, 2012) from BIA's Associate Director of Advocacy, Robert Kaufman, to the Montgomery County Planning Board (MNCPPC) regarding 2012 Draft Transportation Policy Report Work session #3.

Written testimony at April 18, 2012 Montgomery County Hearing on Adoption of the 2012 International Construction Codes presented by Codes & Standards Chairman Randy Melvin. For Appendixes A, B and C, go to September 30, 2011 Testimony to Maryland Code Administration Appendixes A, E, and F, respectively.

Comments (dated March 30, 2012) sent to Gary Gumm, Chief Engineer, WSSC, on proposed changes to the Design Manual Affecting Setbacks from Large PCCP and Cast Iron Water Mains

Written Testimony (dated March 26, 2012) presented to the Montgomery County Council from MNCBIA regarding Expedited Bill 11-12, County Property – Disposition.

Letter to Tom Thorton, Maryland Department of the Environment, from the MSBA with comments on the Maryland Phase II, Watershed Implementation Plan. 

Homebuilders Call for Change in State Laws (WBAL-TV, January 26, 2012) - The housing market is still a long way from recovery, and according to WBAL 11 News reporter David Collins, experts said new building regulations are part of the problem. MNCBIA members (including Douglas Shipe, Michael Baldwin and Tom Farasy) testified yesterday before the House Environmental Matters Committee on the state of the housing industry. Read more and see the WBAL video HERE. And click here to view the briefing on the General Assembly website.


Written testimony (dated January 24, 2012) in support of the bill to eliminate impact taxes for developments that provide 25% MPDUs presented by Councilmembers Floreen, Navarro and Rice. The bill goes to the GO committee on January 30, 2012.

Written testimony (dated January 10, 2012) stating MNCBIA’s position on the Fee Schedule Changes Proposal that comes before the Montgomery County Planning Board on January 12, 2012.


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