Tuesday , October 26 2021

Building Industry Association splits from SCAG

The Building Industry Association of Southern California has severed its ties with the Southern California Association of Governments.

That move is described as temporary in an announcement made Tuesday by the Building Industry Association.

The BIA took the action in response to SCAG’s refusal to address “numerous concerns set forth by the homebuilding industry regarding the development of a far-reaching database of private properties across Southern California known as the SoCal Greenprint,” according to the statement.

BIA officials believe SoCal Greenprint could be used to stop houses from being built.

“Despite months of good faith efforts by the homebuilding industry to work with SCAG to make reasonable amendments to the SoCal Greenprint, SCAG staff has stonewalled us at every turn,” said Jeff Montejano, chief executive officer of BIA Southern California. “Despite our decades-long relationship, SCAG has left us with no choice but to suspend our working relationship until we can agree on common-sense changes to what threatens to become a tool for anti-housing activists.”

SCAG officials could not be reached for comment.

“If GreenPrint continues, Southern California will experience a mass exodus of homebuilders causing a complete housing production reversal that will block Governor Newsom’s housing goals,” Montejano said. “Ending the housing crisis means removing costly barriers to new home construction, not creating new ones.”

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