House Bill 2439

August 20, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Credit: 1.0 HSW
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House Bill 2439 has been summarized as it "bars a governmental entity from adopting or enforcing a rule, ordinance, order, building code or other regulation that limits or prohibits a builder from using a product in construction, renovation or maintenance of a residential or commercial building not written into a national model code within the past three [codes cycles] — and also from setting more stringent aesthetic standards than what a model code lists."  The bill does have exceptions, such as any building located in an area designated for its historical, cultural or architectural significance as of April 2019 and any building located in an area designated for development, restoration or preservation under the “Main Street” program. [Dallas Morning News, 5.30.19]  See the full language of the bill at the resource link below.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Understand how HB2439 will impact zoning regulations, land owners, and contractors.
    How is it currently being interpreted?
    Does it apply to more than exterior materials?
    Is the bill exclusive to buildings, or does it include accessory structures such as carports, trash enclosures, fences, and site work?
    ​What does the term “building product or material” & “aesthetic method” mean?
  • Learn why the bill was proposed, the reasons for supporting the bill, and the reasons for opposing the bill.
  • What should building owners and city officials expect for conflict resolution if disagreements arise in the interpretation of the bill?
  • What can cities, owners, and architects do to reduce risk from de-regulating certain building materials?

A panel will discuss the potential impacts of this legislation to the practice of architecture.  Panelists include:

JESSICA HARDY, ASSOC. AIA, JD - Architects, engineers, and other design professionals have a like-minded advocate in senior associate Jessica Hardy at MacDonald Devin Attorneys. Holding a degree in architecture as well as a J.D., Jessica is uniquely positioned to help those in the construction and design industries protect their interests, minimize their risks, and achieve their goals.  Focusing her practice on construction litigation, Jessica’s background and professional experience in architecture includes working on multimillion-dollar projects for multi-family, retail, office, mixed-use, industrial and institutional clients.  Jessica received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University School of Architecture and earned her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

BILL DAHLSTROM, FAICP, JD - William “Bill” Dahlstrom combines the practical knowledge learned as a professional land planner with his legal training to provide a most unique approach to land use matters. He focuses his practice on all areas of land use and incorporates a planning problem solving process in land use and land development issues.  Bill received his Bachelor of Urban Planning at the University of Cinncinati and earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.  He was named as a Fellow in the College of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2014.  Bill was also a former Adjunct Faculty Member for “Legal Issues in Sustainable Development” at the Southern Methodist University-Lyle School of Engineering.

CRAIG FARMER, FAICP - Craig Farmer is a planning consultant with his own firm, Municipal Planning Services, LLC. and consults with other planning firms, cities and the development community.  Previously, he was a consultant with the firms of Freese and Nichols and Dunkin, Sefko and Associates.  His public-sector experience includes managing planning, public works, engineering, storm water, building inspection and transportation departments as a Deputy City Manager or Department Head in the cities of Lubbock, Carrollton, Grand Prairie, McAllen and Weatherford.  He is a Fellow in the College of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Planning Association (APA), the Board of Directors of the Texas Municipal League and as president of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.  Eighteen of his projects have won Texas Planning awards including comprehensive plans, downtown plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances, and redevelopment projects.  His economic development experience includes nine Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, eight Public Improvement Districts, and significant involvement in Lone Star Park and the Verizon Performing Arts Theatre in Grand Prairie and the $500 million Overton redevelopment project adjacent to Texas Tech University.  Craig holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Texas and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University.

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