Looking forward to long-term guest, Tom Havstad, permit consultant, and his take on the County of Sonoma and how it is coping with the onslaught of building permitting, septic issues and a post-fire working environment. Tom has great insight also on permitting structures which you might think are illegal or non-conforming. He can legalize your non-conforming lots too. Tune in for some frank discussion on the current state of the Permit Resource Management Division or “permit Sonoma county”!
We seem to be suffering under the MORE INVENTORY WILL EQUAL MORE SALES notion. Granted, more inventory would allow more choice, lower our appreciation rate as we’d have more to choose from with fewer overbidding, but note the sales are NOT that dramatically different when there is more inventory. Looking back 10 years you can see in the light green the huge amount of inventory vs. today’s anemic numbers. However, the sales do not look all that much different.
Northern California Engineering Contractors Association Hall of Fame – Inducted 2014
North Coast Builders Exchange Hall of Fame – Inducted 2002
City of Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, Santa Rosa, CA 1994 to Present
Board Member (Chairman – 1996 to 2013)
Sonoma Clean Power Authority 2013 to Present
“Our region has lost up to 7,000 living units, and we had a housing shortage before the fire. Also, we already had a homeless issue because of the high cost of housing in the region, and we will need temporary housing for them as well as the workforce from outside the area that will most certainly be needed to supplement the locally available construction workforce. In addition, we will need to provide housing (temporary and/or semi-permanent) for those displaced from their homes while they are rebuilding.
We also all need to recognize that this devastating fire(s) is having a damaging impact on the economy of our region. Jobs have been lost, businesses have shut down, etc., and property taxes will take a severe hit which will damage the ability of the county and our cities to function in a normal fashion. I have heard that there will be a 20% reduction in the GDP of our county in the short to intermediate term.
I am the Chairman of a group, currently entitled “Rebuild Sonoma Task Force”, which might change soon so that we can assist rebuilding in the other 3 counties also. The group is made up of builders, contractors, architects, engineers, business groups, financial institutions, and insurance brokers.
All of these groups have experience, and thus valuable input, to getting our region “back up and running” as efficiently and economically as possible.
This is not going to be an easy task by any stretch of imagination, but our group wants to encourage everyone to be patient and do this recovery correctly, more so than just quickly.”
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