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KCHBA Submits Comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Ambient Air Quality Standards

Posted on March 18, 2015

The KCHBA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to revise the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone under the Clean Water Act.  NAHB and the KCHBA’s are...

KCHBA Members are “Bringing Housing Home”

Posted on March 12, 2015

KCHBA members met with Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (Kansas, 2nd District) and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (Missouri, 5th District) for the National Association of Home Builder’s Bringing Housing Home™ 2015 Legislative Conf...

KC Water Services Proposes Regulatory Changes Effective May 1, 2015

Posted on March 10, 2015

The KC Water Services Department is hosting a briefing on Wednesday, March 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Brush Creek Conference Room (4800 E. 63rd St., KCMO, 2nd floor) to discuss regulatory changes that take effect on Ma...

Governor Brownback Reveals Proposed State Budget and Plan to Address Revenue Shortfall

Posted on January 21, 2015

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback revealed his budget proposal to address the $250 million shortfall in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and the projected $650 million shortfall in FY 2016.  With regard to tax policy, the Governor proposes...

KCHBA Board Approves 2015 Kansas and Missouri Legislative Agendas

Posted on December 17, 2014

The KCHBA’s Government Affairs Committee met this month to draft the 2015 Kansas and Missouri Legislative Agendas.  Committee Co-chairs Harold Phelps, Phelps Engineering, Inc., and Brenner Holland, Hunt Midwest Real Estate...

Open Dialogue with KCMO Planning and Development Dept. Leads to Improvements

Posted on December 3, 2014

On November 13, 2014, several Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) builders met with staff from the KCMO Planning and Development Department to discuss a list of building issues.  Topics included recent double inspections, the incre...

KCMO Passes New Ordinance Impacting Anyone Excavating in the Right of Way

Posted on November 13, 2014

On November 6, the KCMO City Council passed Ordinance No. 140477 requiring anyone who requests an excavation permit to designate a “Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager” or “QAM” for the project. The QAM must con...

OSHA Announces New Reporting Requirements

Posted on September 24, 2014

On Thursday, September 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule that requires employers to notify the agency within 8 hours of a work-related fatality and withi...

Urge Your Senator to Pass Housing Finance Reform NOW!

Posted on September 6, 2014

There are only a dozen legislative days left before Congress adjourns for the November elections.  But there is still time to contact your U.S. Senators to urge them to support S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpaye...

HBA Submits Comments to KCMO City Hall and Public Works Department on Proposed Excavation Ordinance

Posted on July 1, 2014

The HBA submitted comments today in opposition to proposed Ordinance No. 140447 arguing that it would create unnecessary or redundant regulation that would only serve to delay home building.  The proposal would require anyon...