A bill that would require reviews every three years of the state’s construction code for one- and two-family dwellings is on its way to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.
For each annexation Madison has approved along lakes and waterways in the past three decades, city officials have kept track of the shore-land zoning rules that applied at the time in Dane County.
Published: April 29, 2013
Tags: Anthony Federspill, Anthony Thomas, Anthony Thomas Builders, Department of Natural Resources, DNR, homebuilders, Jerry Deschane, John Siepmann, Matt Neumann, mba, Metropolitan Builders Association, Neumann Co., Siepmann Realty, WBA, Wisconsin Builders Association
The Wisconsin Builders Association predicts 14,000 new houses will be constructed in the state this year, but with land development still in a slump, contractors might as well be building castles in the air.
Published: January 19, 2012
Tags: Applied Ecological Services, Bill 368, Department of Natural Resources, DNR, Jerry Deschane, Jim Holperin, Lori Grant, mitigation, Neal Kedzie, River Alliance of Wisconsin, Troy Anderson, WBA, wetlands
Lawmakers are prioritizing compromise with a bill that would make it easier for developers to damage one wetland during a project in exchange for restoring or creating another.
Waukesha-based Tim O’Brien Homes Inc. is expanding its operations to the west.
Published: January 11, 2012
Tags: Brett Hulsey, Department of Natural Resources, DNR, Jeffrey Mursau, Jerry Deschane, Lori Grant, Louis Molepske, Natural Resources Committee, River Alliance of Wisconsin, WBA, wetlands, Wisconsin Builders Association
A Republican-backed bill to change how projects near wetlands are regulated would streamline the application process, but Democrats say the legislation tackles a problem that doesn’t exist.
The Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association spent the most money among construction member groups lobbying legislators for the first half of 2011, according to data released Thursday by the state Government Accountability Board.
Published: September 12, 2011
Tags: Building Commission, CMAR, collective bargaining, Dan Fedderly, Dick Wanta, economy, Jerry Deschane, Jim Boullion, jobs, Memorial Union theater, Scott Walker, WBA, Wisconsin Builders Association, Wisconsin County Highway Association, Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, WUCA
Construction lobbyists are looking forward to a quieter state Capitol that doesn’t force them to push their agendas to the drumbeat rhythm of a guy pounding a 5-gallon pail.
Published: August 25, 2011
Tags: Assembly Bill 218, Bill 218, Cathy Stepp, David Clausen, Department of Natural Resources, DNR, George Meyer, Janet Bewley, Jerry Deschane, Jim Holperin, Jim Steineke, Natural Resources Board, Natural Resources Committee, WBA, Wisconsin Builders Association
A builders association is seeking an early death for a bill that would strip the governor of authority to appoint the secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources.
Published: June 30, 2011
Tags: Department of Natural Resources, DNR, J.F. Brennan Co., Jerry Deschane, Jim Steineke, Ken Johnson, Ken Manning, Lori Grant, permits, River Alliance of Wisconsin, Roger Rivard, Sondy Pope-Roberts, Toni Herkert, WBA, Wisconsin Association of Lakes, Wisconsin Builders Association
By Adam Wise Years of complaints from contractors that the state takes too long to permit marine projects have prompted a bill designed to speed up the approval process. The state Department of Natural Resources, according to the bill, only could ask once for more information about a marine project before making a decision about [...]