On October 6, HBAL members had the opportunity to hear a presentation by the Planning Department on the 2050 Comprehensive Plan. The plan recognizes housing as a system and the need for housing affordability at all levels. This, along with the plan’s commitment to continue looking at changes to the zoning code to allow for more missing middle housing, are a positive for our industry. The plan also includes contiguous growth of the city and gravity sewers for new construction. The plan was approved by the Planning Commission on October 27. If you’d like to review it, you can find it here. If you have comments, please reach out to me or Michaela at HBAL.
November has several great educational opportunities for HBAL members. November 9 is Basic DOT 101. This lunch and learn opportunity will provide construction contractors with answers to some basic questions regarding Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Because many of the DOT rules apply to commercial over-the-road truckers, this class will help navigate those rules and how they apply to our industry. And if you want to learn more about HBAL and find ways you can become involved, I urge you to attend our HBAL 101 class on November 16.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Andrea Wilkins for her service to HBAL for the last 5 ½ years. We wish her the best of luck as she pursues another career opportunity. She always greeted everyone with a smile and was willing to do what she could to help the Association and its members. Her last day is October 29.