Members of the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) raised $24,400 to support the family of Ronnie Bishop, an employee at Old Dominion Floor Company and a victim of the Hurricane Florence tornados in September. The greatest characteristic of the homebuilding industry is that everyone comes together to take care of their own when it is needed.
That compassion extends throughout our membership during year-round fundraising efforts to support ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation. ASK is the largest and most comprehensive provider of support services for kids with cancer and their families in Richmond. This holiday season, HBAR is collecting unwrapped toy donations for these kids.
In addition to our charitable work, HBAR faces critical problems that need to be solved for the continued sustainment and growth of the residential construction industry. Results depend on the quality of our partnership with local governments.
HBAR is currently working with Chesterfield County to update the zoning application process. Our emphasis is on avoiding unintended consequences, and finding common ground that ultimately will lead to a streamlined process for both the county and the applicant. On a similar, yet separate, topic – HBAR congratulates Chesterfield County’s Planning Commission and Planning Director for advancing the Zoning Review Process for implementation beginning Nov. 1. As implementation unfolds, HBAR will continue to be a source of expertise and feedback to the county for a smooth transition.
HBAR is also closely following efforts in the City of Richmond that would add an additional step in the city’s zoning ordinance. The proposal would require certificates of zoning compliance and letters of zoning confirmation to be reviewed by the City Attorney prior to issuance. There are concerns about the potential for this requirement to cause significant delays in the delivery of these certifications. HBAR’s Multifamily Housing Council is keeping City Council informed.
As you share Thanksgiving with your family and colleagues please keep our charitable causes in mind and contribute to the extent that you can.
President, Home Building
Association of Richmond