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(Left to Right): Bob Filka, HBA of Michigan CEO; Senator Rick Jones, Representative Ben Frederick and Representative Tom Cochran.

equates to 3. 4 full time jobs over a 12-month period and 1. 2 permanent jobs. This multiplier effect stems from all the home furnishings and other products and services purchased by home buyers. Expanding Michigan’s building industry has numerous positive impacts and is necessary to expand job creation and our population base. This report’s recommendations are rooted in this belief.


1. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), in partnership with economic development organizations, should conduct a study analyzing how local municipalities manage land development, housing and renovation approval processes— this analysis should include recommendations on best practices that encourage housing investment, reduce costs and delays and greatly increase predictability and certainty

2. Local business and government leaders should be encouraged to collaborate on strategies to address obtainable housing shortages (e. g. , expedited review combined with other voluntary incentives such as fee reductions or waivers to increase the stock of obtainable housing)

3. The Legislature should pass housing impact statement legislation requiring communities to assess the impact of any new ordinance on housing before adoption

4. The Legislature should extend inventory tax reform to land/lots to lower the financial risk of lengthy development processes

5. The Legislature should clarify and enhance the powers of the State to remedy violations of state law by local units of government 6. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with MSHDA and other state government agencies should work with local authorities to create baseline criteria for local communities that will help define a builder/developers expected level of service from local governments. The criteria will provide anticipated response times and explain other services available to the customer to expedite development and allow better planning. New development customers could use this information in their site selection evaluation

7. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) should be given the authority to develop an expedited interpretation review panel at the state construction code commission level that would provide code interpretations within no more than 14 days of receiving the code interpretation application. LARA management should seek to provide the fastest turnaround possible and work to actively reduce the amount of time it takes to provide an expedited interpretation review

8. The Michigan Department of Education should develop a career pathway curriculum for K-12 students that more seamlessly blends with Merit Curriculum requirements

9. The Legislature should amend child labor laws to allow non CTE students under the age of 18 to work on construction sites with reasonable safety and age restrictions

10. The Legislature should modify counselor professional development requirements to include hours dedicated to learning about skilled trade career pathways