CBIA participates in the judicial branch of government through its Legal Action Committee. The Committee makes recommendations on matters pending in the courts that may establish a statewide precedent on issues affecting the home building and land development industries. This is a critical part of CBIA’s efforts because such legal decisions not only can have a direct impact on projects outside of the court case, such legal cases can also influence legislation or policy-making efforts in the state capitol.
Many of the cases CBIA is involved in have a direct impact on homebuilding and land development around the state. Whether it is to avoid increases in costs, regulations or litigation on our members CBIA’s legal activities play a large role in protecting our member’s ability to do business in the state of California. CBIA’s legal activities are a significant piece of the association’s efforts to ensure California is a welcoming business environment.
Examples of issues that may impact the building industry through the judicial system:
Construction Defect Liability
Builder Liability and Risk Management
Environmental issues including the California Environmental Quality Act, species protection, wetlands protection, water quality, air quality, and others
Land use issues including the subdividing land, zoning matters, permitting, general plan amendments, natural hazards, and agricultural land preservation
Sales documentation and disclosure, including the formation of homeowners associations
We participate in the courts primarily by filing friend-of-the-court briefs and seeking publication or depublication of legal decisions.