ALLIANCE FOR BUILDING REGULATORY REFORM IN THE DIGITAL AGE AND PROPOSED NEW NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP TO STREAMLINE GOVERNMENT

 

 

OUTLINE OF OBJECTIVES, AUDIENCE, AGENDA, AND TIMEFRAME FOR A NATIONAL STREAMLINING CONFERENCE TO LAUNCH A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO STREAMLINE THE BUILDING REGULATORY AND ZONING LAND USE PROCESSESS

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

On March 20, 2006, members of the Alliance for Building Regulatory Reform in the Digital Age met at the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to discuss and review, in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the next steps that should be taken to enhance the effectiveness of state and local government oversight of construction through regulatory streamlining and use of information technology.

 

Among the actions agreed to at that session were the development and holding in the late fall or early winter of 2006 of a high level national conference to launch a national campaign to further streamline the building regulatory and zoning and land use processes.

 

This paper lays out the objective, audience, agenda, and timeframe for that meeting. Additional details on the meeting, including an invitation to the nationŐs governors, mayors, and county officials to participate in this program along with the CEOŐs of some of the nationŐs largest companies and executive directors of Alliance member organizations.

 

A Streamlining Work Group, appointed by the Alliance members at the March 20 meeting, is working with Alliance/National Partners to finalize this agenda and the date and other conference details.

 

Information on the Conference will be posted to the new Alliance/National Partnership website, www.natlpatnerstreamlne.org, in late August 2006.

 

 

STREAMLINING CONFERENCE OBJECTIVE:

 

Conduct a high level national conference to educate and gain buy-in from leaders from private and public sectors to fund and support a coordinated multi-year national initiative/campaign to streamline the nationŐs building regulatory and zoning and land use processes to enable state and local governments more effectively and efficiently:

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIENCE: Senior officials from largest firms in construction, land use, banking, insurance, information technology industries; from national associations serving these industries and elected officials and senior administrators from federal, state and local government

 

 

TIMEFRAME: Fall/Early Winter 2006 (Late October – Early December)

 

 

AGENDA (for a one day program):

 

A – Welcome & Introductions with Keynote Address – The Vision/The Need

 

B – The 5 Year Vision Statement

 

C – The Need - Costs and Lessons Learned

 

D – Accomplishments - What Already Is In Place

 

  - Greater Code Uniformity

  - Best Practices from Successful Streamlining Projects

  - Best Practices from Zoning and Land Use

  - FIATECH Roadmap

  - TISP Regional Disaster Resilience Guide


E – Where Streamlining Efforts Have Been Successful and The Impact of a Successful National Campaign on:

 

  - Construction Costs, Productivity and Quality

  - Support Information Technology Use

  - Disaster Resilience

  - Banking and Insurance Industries

  - Public Safety

  - Economic Competitiveness


F – Outline of National Campaign

 

  - Vision, Mission, Goals

  - Resources

  - Deliverables

  - Timetable

  - Supportive Federal Legislation

  - Grants to State and Local Governments

 

G – Several Proposed Campaign Structures

 

H – Call for Commitment & Adoption of Vision, Mission, Goals, Timetable, Structure to Move Forward

 

I – Next Steps

 

J – Adjourn

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Robert Wible at 703-568-2323 or rcwible@comcast.net.