Legal Action Grants Support Challenges to Fees, Exactions
During the NAHB Board of Directors meeting at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, the NAHB Legal Action Committee on Jan. 18 recommended grants from the association’s Legal Action Fund (link is for members only) to support cases challenging a development fee ordinance and road improvement exactions.
The fund was created to ease the burden on NAHB members and home builders associations that want to pursue expensive and time-consuming cases involving nationally significant issues or legal matters commonly faced by builders and developers.
The cases, approved in January by the NAHB Executive Board for funding assistance, include:
- The Eastern Panhandle Builders Association in Martinsburg, W.Va., is challenging a West Virginia municipality’s development fee ordinance. NAHB agreed to provide funding assistance so that the association could proceed with its case.
- A member of the Montana Building Industry Association has challenged a municipality’s road improvement exactions and prevailed in a state trial court, which determined that the requirements were unconstitutional. The ruling was appealed and the member’s litigation continues. NAHB agreed to provide funding to help the member preserve the victory.
The committee reviews Legal Action Fund applications three times a year in conjunction with NAHB Board of Directors meetings.
The deadline for applications for the upcoming board meeting in Washington, D.C., is March 19. Download applications and guidelines from the members-only pages of the NAHB Web site at www.nahb.org/legalaffairs.
For more information on the grant program, e-mail Christopher Whitcomb at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8329.