Columns and Insights
NAIOP’s government affairs team publishes articles quarterly in Development magazine and publishes blog posts bi-weekly in the Market Share blog on legislative issues affecting the commercial real estate industry. Below are the most recent articles.
Market Share Blog Posts
- Pass Portman-Shaheen to Improve Energy Policy (August 21, 2019)
- Energy Star Certifications Are Back Online After Review (August 7, 2019)
- Opportunity Zones Investment Strategies Take Hold (July 24, 2019)
- California Initiative Could Provide Template to Target Commercial Real Estate (July 10, 2019)
- Georgia’s FAST Act Delivers a Template for Regulatory Certainty (June 26, 2019)
- The Case for Sensible Affordable Housing (June 12, 2019)
- Proposed Property Tax Initiative Endangers Prop 13 Protections (May 15, 2019)
- Protect TIF, Promote Development in Wisconsin (May 1, 2019)
- A Clear WOTUS Can Deliver Clean Water, Fair Regulation (April 17, 2019)
- To Protect Free Trade, U.S. Needs USMCA (April 3, 2019)
- NAIOP’s 2019 Days at the Capital Are Generating Successes (March 21, 2019)
- Administration Aims to Make Environmental Permitting Easier (March 6, 2019)
- NAIOP Converges on Tallahassee for Florida Day at the Capitol (February 21, 2019)
View the full archive of legislative blog posts.
Development Magazine Articles
Property Tax Battle Targets CRE
Development, Fall 2019
The split roll ballot initiative in California could lead to much higher assessments — and it could also happen in other parts of the U.S.
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The Northern Influence of Commercial Real Estate
Development, Summer 2019
The industry’s impact on Canada is the focus of a new NAIOP research report.
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Facts Drive NAIOP Advocacy at the Local Level
Development, Spring 2019
Reports from two chapters demonstrate the value of targeted research when it comes to influencing policymakers.
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California Groups Seek Property Tax Hikes
Development, Summer 2018
A ballot initiative could remove Proposition 13’s protections for commercial property.
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Air Resources Board Targets California's Industrial Properties
Development, Winter 2017-2018
California’s Air Resources Board is considering an indirect source rule that would hold building owners and/or tenants responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from trucks and other mobile sources that service their facilities.
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Construction Defects Litigation Reform in Colorado
Development, Fall 2017
Five years, a coalition of more than 55 organizations and 41 mayors, nearly $900,000 spent on social media and communications, and countless hours at the negotiating table finally resulted in victory around the issue of “construction defects litigation reform” in Colorado.
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A Regulatory Framework for a New Administration
Development, Summer 2017
Uncertainty about how the Trump administration will fulfill its promises to vastly decrease the number of federal regulations is creating uncertainty for the CRE industry.
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National Groups Shift Focus to Cities
Development, Spring 2017
NAIOP and its members must be on the lookout for local initiatives driven by national organizations that could impact commercial real estate.
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How the Endangered Species Act May Impact Commercial Development
Development, Winter 2016/2017
Developers must understand how federal and state regulatory policies may delay the real estate development process.
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NAIOP Arizona Blocks Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
Development, Fall 2016
NAIOP’s Arizona chapter, asserting that “shaming” building owners is not productive, formed a coalition that helped pass legislation to preempt cities from requiring owners to report building energy consumption.
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Landmark Legislative Victory Makes Tax Extenders Permanent
Development, Summer 2016
NAIOP’s efforts helped lead to the passage of the PATH Act of 2015, which makes permanent several critical CRE-related tax provisions, providing increased predictability for investment decisions.
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Congress Finally Acts on Transportation Investments
Development, Spring 2016
NAIOP support helped lead to the passage of a long-term transportation bill, the FAST Act, that will fund U.S. highways and transit systems for the next five years.
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New Federal Water Rule Creates Confusion for Developers
Development, Winter 2015/2016
A new rule that aims to clearly define which waters are federally protected results in more confusion than clarity.
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Banking Regulations Could Mean Trouble For Construction Financing
Development, Fall 2015
New regulations have made lending to commercial real estate development more costly for financial institutions.
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Commercial Real Estate Advocacy and the Energy Debate
Development, Summer 2015
NAIOP has helped build a coalition that supports sound energy policy for the built environment.
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Tax Reform Alive and Well Within Statehouses
Development, Spring 2015
The tax reform debate is still going strong in state legislatures across the nation, and NAIOP and its members must remain engaged.
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Like-Kind Exchanges on the Tax Reform Chopping Block
Development, Winter 2014
Prior to the 2014 elections, key members of Congress critical to advancing comprehensive tax reform put forth several proposals that raised concerns for the commercial real estate industry. One of these was the elimination of what are known as “like-kind” exchanges under the current Section 1031 of the tax code.
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New Rule Could Change Landscape Regarding Protected Waters
Development, Fall 2014
The question of who has control over our nation’s bodies of water has been debated among landowners, the federal government, and state and local authorities for years. Developers attempting to clarify which bodies of water receive federal protection, which are under the control of the states and which are unregulated have frequently been baffled. On numerous occasions, the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in, but confusion remains.
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NAIOP San Diego Instrumental in Overturning Linkage Fee Increase
Development, Summer 2014
NAIOP San Diego achieved an important legislative victory this spring. The chapter successfully organized a coalition of more than 50 companies and business organizations, the Jobs Coalition, which led the recent “Stop the Jobs Tax” effort to overturn an ordinance adopted by the San Diego City Council.
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A Congressional Perspective: Representative Gary G. Miller
Development, Spring 2014
Republican Rep. Gary G. Miller represents California’s 31st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is vice chairman of the Financial Services Committee and a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Development magazine recently spoke with Miller about various policies and politics that have the potential to impact the commercial real estate industry in 2014 and beyond.
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Terrorism Risk Insurance Program an Industry Priority in 2014
Development, Winter 2013
The U.S. Capitol was consumed this fall with budget showdowns, government shutdowns and legislative gridlock. As a result, public policy issues of importance to the commercial real estate industry — including the future direction of tax policy, energy legislation and transportation funding — have been left unresolved. As we move into 2014, we can add to this list of unfinished business another item: renewal of the federal terrorism risk insurance program.
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Koontz Decision Moves the Needle in Favor of Property Owners
Development, Fall 2013
State and local governments, through their individual permitting and regulatory processes, play a critical role in the size, scope, and cost of all types of commercial real estate projects, from new development to the restoration of existing commercial buildings and warehouses. With 50 states and more than 89,000 local units of government in the U.S., the permitting and regulatory structure can be complicated, unpredictable, inconsistent, and/or bureaucratic, depending on the local jurisdiction.
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