Regional Government Affairs Update May 17, 2021 🌸

I began speaking to staff at NAR about a metro district study on February 7, 2020 a few weeks before our world was turned upside down by the COVID epidemic. I am happy to announce the study is complete and its results are now available. It was worth the wait.

The study wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of our REALTOR associations (local, state, and national) and two multiple listing services — IRES and REColorado. 

To learn more about the study and review the infographics created to summarize the study and educate both real estate professionals and consumers, keep reading! 

Regional Government Affairs Update January 29, 2021 ❄

LOCALBoulder CountyElected Push RTD on Rail: Debra Johnson, RTD’s new CEO is trying to manage expectations as she attempts to resuscitate the transit district, which was in trouble before COVID and has struggled more since the outbreak began. According to Colorado Public Radio, she questioned the viability of the B Line from Westminster to Longmont, whichContinue reading “Regional Government Affairs Update January 29, 2021 ❄”

Regional Update: Transportation Commission Approves Priority List

Colorado’s Transportation Commission recently finalized its list of “Tier One” projects. This list lays out CDOT’s priority projects when -and if – funding becomes available. This is important in light of a potential transportation initiative voters could see on the November ballot. The language for “Let’s Go, Colorado” (Initiative 153) does not include a specificContinue reading “Regional Update: Transportation Commission Approves Priority List”

I-25 Update

The State Transportation Commission is preparing to allocate money for state transportation projects and update its tier one priority list. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 1 into law in May. The measure provides $451 million in one-time funding to the state’s highway system and allows the state to issue $380 million in certificates ofContinue reading “I-25 Update”

Region: Local Contributions Making Difference on North I-25

To-date local governments in Northern Colorado have added significant funding to ensure North I-25 is improved and expanded. Larimer and Weld Counties, plus Johnstown, Fort Collins, Berthoud, Loveland, Timnath and Windsor, as well as McWhinney provided $25,000,000 in local contributions for the Phase 1 project adding an additional lane between SH 14 and SH 402.Continue reading “Region: Local Contributions Making Difference on North I-25”

Nation: NAR Testifies on VA Appraisals

On April 4, Michelle Bradley, the 2016 NAR Real Property Valuation Committee Chair, testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – Economic Opportunity Subcommittee at a hearing entitled “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century.” In the past year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home LoanContinue reading “Nation: NAR Testifies on VA Appraisals”

Region: North I-25 Update

The Berthoud Hill southbound climbing lane is complete (it will be repaved and smoothed this spring), Crossroads is underway and CDOT is preparing to hire a contractor for the Phase 1 project, which will add one express toll lane in each direction between Highway 14 and Highway 402. It is anticipated the project will getContinue reading “Region: North I-25 Update”

Region: Bipartisan Effort Results in More Transportation Funding

Colorado’s congressional delegation pulled off a major victory when they convinced their colleagues to approve a $1 billion continuing resolution to complete Colorado’s disaster relief funding. Of this, $252 million will complete the redesign of US 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon and other flood recovery projects. CDOT Director Shailen Bhatt noted that the federalContinue reading “Region: Bipartisan Effort Results in More Transportation Funding”

Region: Business Coalition Continues Transportation Lobbying Effort

Have you seen the new climbing lane on southbound I-25 near Berthoud? Sometime next year CDOT will begin work on the $237 million Phase One project, adding a new managed lane in each direction from Fort Collins to south of Loveland. These are tangible results of Fix North I-25’s advocacy efforts to date. But we’reContinue reading “Region: Business Coalition Continues Transportation Lobbying Effort”

Region: NoCo Housing Now Construction Defects Forum

NoCo Housing Now, the housing affordability advocacy group created by FCBR, held a forum on November 14 to discuss construction defects reform with members of the Colorado General Assembly. Although all legislators from Larimer and Weld Counties were invited, only three attended: Representatives Perry Buck (Windsor/Larimer County) and JoAnn Ginal (Fort Collins) and Senator JohnContinue reading “Region: NoCo Housing Now Construction Defects Forum”