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The BIA of Central Ohio closely follows news reports, industry trends and community information on behalf of our industry. We are also a trusted source for the media, and are frequently contacted to share our expertise for news stories.

12/08/2016

Congress Reinstates Health Reimbursement Arrangements

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 - In a major victory for home building firms and other small businesses across the land, the Senate today passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a comprehensive health care package which includes a provision to allow employers to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to help their employees pay for health insurance. The House approved the bill last week and President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law shortly.

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12/08/2016

2017 BIA PARTNERS: Join the Club

Sponsorship opportunities are designed to enhance your ability to communicate your products and services to other members and engaged consumers. Your participation as a sponsor is a great win-win opportunity: you gain exposure to your key markets, and the BIA is able to continue offering high quality educational programs and events to our members, outreach to the community, and advocacy to create a strong industry.

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11/28/2016

Bob Webb Group Buys Last Open Space in Muirfield

Bob Webb, one of Muirfield Village’s original homebuilders, recently purchased the last sizeable land parcel in that community. His company, the Bob Webb Group, plans to build 18 homes on 12.3 acres there starting this winter.

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11/23/2016

Proposed Extended Stay Zoning Change Heard at Columbus City Council

As I have reported before, Columbus is working on an ordinance that will eliminate extended stay hotel options in areas zoned for manufacturing.

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11/23/2016

Columbus Graphics Code Being Updated -- Impacts Temporary Signs for Real Estate -- A Template for Suburban Communities?

I wrote about this issue a few months ago and wanted to update members. A 2015 US Supreme Court ruling bans local governments from regulating signs based on the content of the message of the sign.

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11/23/2016

Columbus Dispatch Story Calls Out Impact of Zoning Regulations

Jim Weiker, Home Section Editor, has wrote an excellent article in Sunday's paper about the cost impacts of zoning regulations and challenges in providing affordable workforce housing options.

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11/22/2016

BIA Membership Drive!

Just1!

With our “Just 1” theme, we’re asking you to recruit just 1 new member to help us grow our association and make it stronger.

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11/22/2016

Delaware County Sewer Master Plan

As a follow up to the BIA Builders and Developers' Council presentation by Director Mike Frommer, I wanted to let you know that we have collected input from over a dozen BIA members regarding preferences for future fee structures that would be implemented by the County to fund sewer expansion.

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11/22/2016

Voters give less cash to parks, more to roads

By THOMAS GALLICK

Orange Township residents should see increased road resurfacing efforts in the coming years after voters last week agreed to shift tax dollars from parks toward roads.

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11/22/2016

Bob Webb Group Buys Last Open Space in Muirfield

Bob Webb, one of Muirfield Village’s original homebuilders, recently purchased the last sizeable land parcel in that community. His company, the Bob Webb Group, plans to build 18 homes on 12.3 acres there starting this winter.

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11/22/2016

City looking at plan for a cohesive future development

Shier Rings Road corridor

Dublin City Council members are considering a framework plan for the Shier Rings Road corridor.

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11/22/2016

Columbus2020 Update

Free member only event. Sign-Up Online Today!

The BIA will be hosting a meeting for members to get an update from Columbus2020 on their economic development and job growth initiatives.

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11/17/2016

Levies for parks, roads cruise to wins

Orange Township

Orange Township will take in less tax revenue for parks and more for roads after residents Nov. 8 approved a pair of levies.

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11/17/2016

Apartment and Condominium Market Posts Positive Gains in the Third Quarter

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 - The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), posted a gain of three points to 53 in the third quarter. The MPI has been at 50 or above since the beginning of 2012.

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11/17/2016

Housing Starts Jump 25.5 Percent in October

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 - Led by impressive gains in both single-family and multifamily production, nationwide housing starts surged 25.5 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.32 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family starts reached their highest level since October 2007 while multifamily production jumped 68.8 percent from the previous month.

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11/14/2016

BIA Membership Drive!

Just 1!

With our “Just 1” theme, we’re asking you to recruit just 1 new member to help us grow our association and make it stronger.

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11/12/2016

SIGN UP NOW: SMC Holiday Luncheon & Toy Drive

SMC Holiday Luncheon & Toy Drive

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 11:30 am - 1:00 pm The Lakes Country Club. Everyone is welcome!

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11/09/2016

Housing Affordability Edges Lower in Third Quarter

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - Ongoing home price appreciation offset a small decline in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the third quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.

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11/07/2016

Housing Recovery Continues at Modest Pace

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Markets in 162 of the approximately 340 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the third quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today. This represents a year-over-year net gain of 73 markets.

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11/04/2016

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a workshop on “Construction Site Storm Water Controls, What You Need To Know” on November 16.

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11/04/2016

Columbus2020

The BIA will be hosting a meeting for BIA members to get an update from Columbus2020 on their economic development and job growth initiatives. Bob Schottenstein, who is a Columbus2020 Board member, will be attending the meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Link to register.

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11/04/2016

BIA Builder and Remodeler Contracts

We will be hosting a free lunch and learn session on Thursday, November 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to review recent changes and updates to the BIA Builder and Remodeler contracts. Link here to register.

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11/04/2016

Delaware County Sewer System Focus of Wednesday's Builders/Developer's Council

A final reminder that Delaware County Regional Sewer District Executive Director Mike Frommer will be presenting at the Builders and Developers Council meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. His presentation will include detailed priority projects for expansion of services to accommodate specific future growth areas in Delaware County as well as future funding mechanisms growth plans.

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11/03/2016

55+ Housing Market Has Strong Third Quarter Showing

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 - Builders report that the single-family 55+ housing market is holding strong in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The index had a reading of 59, up two points from the previous quarter and the 10th consecutive quarter with a reading above 50.

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11/02/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Legal Challenge to Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., issued the following statement after the association and its industry partners presented their first brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit challenging the Waters of the U.S. rule:

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11/02/2016

Mussel die-off extensive

By MARION RENAULT

Whatever is killing fragile mussels in Big Darby Creek has spread along 50 miles of the protected waterway, and state and federal environmental officials say they are no closer to figuring out the cause after several weeks.

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11/02/2016

Amazon's central Ohio data centers now open

By MARK WILLIAMS

Amazon's three massive central Ohio data centers are up and running, providing customers that depend on the company faster speeds for handling data and a more secure backup for accessing and storing data.

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11/02/2016

Council hears options for plaza, Columbus Street

By ALAN FROMAN

Grove City Council on Oct. 24 heard an update on options being considered for the extension of Columbus Street and the design of a town plaza that would serve as a connection to the redeveloped Beulah Park site.

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11/02/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on HUD Floodplain Management Plan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's proposed regulations regarding floodplain management:

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11/02/2016

Jefferson Township rejects M/I proposal

By MARLA K. KUHLMAN

The Jefferson Township trustees will receive a negative recommendation from the township zoning commission next month regarding a proposal for M/I Homes of Central Ohio LLC for 75 houses on 62.1 acres along Darling Road.

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