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Permit Reform Legislation Advances Following NAIOP’s N.C. Advocacy Day

BY TOBY BURKE,   

Members from NAIOP’s three chapters in North Carolina traveled to Raleigh last week to advance the priorities of the commercial real estate development industry in meetings with state lawmakers. The top priority for NAIOP of North Carolina, the state alliance of NAIOP chapters, is the passage and enactment of House Bill 291, permit reform legislation sponsored by State Representative Jeff Zenger.

Local building permits are an essential and fundamental requirement for the development and improvement of commercial and residential properties. However, the processes for obtaining these permits can vary by city and county in North Carolina. These variations lead to uncertainties and delays in projects moving forward, which can impact the costs, financing and contractional relationships with contractors and providers of construction equipment and materials.

The enactment of House Bill 291 would bring reforms to the permitting process similar to those advocated by our local chapter in Georgia which were ultimately enacted into law in that state. These reforms to the local permitting process bring more predictability and accountability, reducing uncertainty and unnecessary delays. Core elements of the bill include:

  • A local permitting entity has 21 days in which review the plans.
  • During the 21 days, the local entity shall resolve issues associated with the application and may seek additional information from the applicant.
  • If additional information is needed or the application must be resubmitted, the permitting entity has 15 days from receipt of the additional information to issue a permit.
  • If the local permitting entity is unable to meet the time parameters, the applicant or inspections department may seek approval from a certified third-party (engineer) or the Department of Insurance.

The North Carolina House of Representatives passed House Bill 291 in May of 2021 on bipartisan vote of 79-33, sending the bill to the state Senate. The legislation was eventually sent to the commerce and insurance committee in March for their consideration. Our meetings last week focused on urging Senate leadership and the committee chairs to move this important legislation forward before adjourning for the year as early as the end of June. NAIOP of North Carolina’s advocacy played a key role in HB 291 being scheduled the following day for a hearing before the insurance committee the subsequent week.


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Cold Storage: Demand, Design and Drivers

 

originally published by  KATHRYN HAMILTON, CAE for NAIOP National with permission to repost. 

Cold Storage

The need for cold storage facilities has exploded as e-commerce sales and grocery delivery demands multiplied during the last few years. Most cold storage facilities primarily handle food preparation or transit as products move toward consumers, but they can also be used for pharmaceutical, floral and chemical needs, among others, and frequently require varying temperature zones all under one roof.

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The Drive for Transportation Electrification

 

originally published by TOBY BURKE for NAIOP National with permission to repost. 

Electric Cars

Governments at every level are considering polices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both stationary and mobile sources as part of efforts to address climate change. Some of these efforts have centered on initiatives to lowering domestic use on fossil fuels, such as coal, petroleum, natural gas and oil, by moving towards electric vehicles within our transportation system. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the transportation sector is one of the highest sources of greenhouse gas emissions (29%) followed by electricity (25%).

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NAIOP I.CON Preview: What’s Ahead for the Industrial Market?

 

originally published by Connect CRE and shared with NAIOP National

The COVID-19 pandemic changed all our worlds two years ago this month when full-scale shutdowns weighed heavily on the economy and Americans recalibrated their approaches to work and life. Since then, industrial real estate has continued to shine as commercial real estate’s darling – fueled by soaring demand, rising rental rates, and record levels of investment and development activity.

Industrial real estate professionals from across North America will gather in Long Beach, California, on March 23-24, for NAIOP’s industrial conference. Keynote session panelist Dwight Merriman, Partner and Head of Industrial in the Real Estate Group of Ares Management Corporation, sat down with Connect CRE to preview his keynote session: an executive outlook on the future of industrial real estate.

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A New, Turbulent Era for Real Estate Supply Chains

 

originally published by  for Propmodo and shared with NAIOP National

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If we’re looking at the effects of the broken supply chain on commercial real estate, it’s best to start at the beginning. And it all begins with the onset of the pandemic and its impact on manufacturers. Michigan Maple Block Company is a good example. On March 24, 2020, the Michigan Maple Block Company furloughed most of its 56 workers at its plant in Petoskey, Michigan.

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Seeing Past the Pandemic: Industrial Demand and U.S. Seaports

 

originally published by Brian Harper, Director of Data Science, Avison Young, and Aaron Ahlburn, Innovation Lead, Global Logistics, Avison Young for the NAIOP Research Foundation

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Supply chain disruptions have never been more salient to the average consumer. Congested seaports have received particular attention as record levels of inventory have piled up at ports and ships have been stuck offshore waiting to unload. While low levels of vacancy indicate robust current demand for industrial assets, developers, investors and building owners may wonder how closely industrial demand is tied to port activity and whether the current boom is sustainable.

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Industrial Real Estate Opportunities in U.S. First-Mile Markets

 

originally published by TJ Parker for NAIOP Research and Publications

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Industrial remains the darling of commercial real estate during the current cycle. Investor enthusiasm has remained strong, with total returns as measured by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) in double-digit territory over the past cycle and demand showing no signs of slowing, especially as supply chain issues remain a crucial consideration for businesses and real estate developers. While last-mile industrial has been the focus of much of this investment, first-mile industrial is starting to attract attention. 

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How Will Inflation Impact Commercial Real Estate?

 

originally published by GARY TASMAN for NAIOP National with permission to repost. 

Inflation Picture

 

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Unique Adaptive Reuse Projects

 

originally published by BRIELLE SCOTT for NAIOP National with permission to repot. 

Parkandford Apartments

Adaptive reuse projects can often be a high-risk, high-reward proposition, as aging or obsolete assets bring their own set of unique challenges for developers hoping to revitalize or reposition a property for new uses.

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Developing Buildings with a Facilities Management Mindset

 

originally published by MELISSA PLASKONOS for NAIOP National with permission to repost.

Buildings Interior

Often in large development projects, design and construction teams focus on completing the building for the occupants’ short-term needs – about five years out from completion. Yet modern buildings have the potential to reach a lifespan of 30-50 years before requiring major renovations, according to Getty Conservation Institute. As climate change worsens and building resiliency becomes more top of mind for building owners and investors, a more forward-thinking approach to development is necessary.

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Improving the Building Permit Process

 

originally published by VALERIE MAISLIN for NAIOP National with permission to repost.

Development Approval

Building on the NAIOP Research Foundation’s recent study, The Development Approvals Index: A New Tool to Evaluate Local Approvals Processes, several NAIOP chapters and George Mason University have collected data on development approvals across the United States and Canada.  

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Newsletter Winter 2021: Office Demand, Proptech, Adaptive Reuse and More

 

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Although office net absorption remained negative throughout 2021, it is gradually climbing toward the positive side of the scale.
Office utilization rates remain low due to continued concerns about coronavirus transmission, and the Omicron variant has also introduced a new degree of uncertainty.
However, while a long-term increase in remote and hybrid work arrangements is likely to reduce demand for office space, the authors of the latest NAIOP Office Space Demand Forecast predict this will be more than offset in coming years by employment growth in office-using industries.
 
Demand for new office buildings is also favorable, as new builds offer the flexible work environments demanded in today's more uncertain world.
 

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"Investors funneled $9.5 billion into Proptech this year. What technologies do you see your business potentially implementing in the future?"

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Inside the Complex Cold Storage Sector

 

originally published by JEFF ZBAR for NAIOP National

cold storage

The years leading up to the pandemic were hot for cold storage. It only promises to grow going forward.

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E-Commerce Drives Industrial Development in Q4 2021

 

originally published by LUCIAN ALIXANDRESCU for NAIOP National

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After the initial shock of the pandemic, industrial real estate emerged as one of the asset classes least affected by the ensuing economic downturn. While the causes are multifaceted, the sudden spike in demand for products ordered and curbside pick-up meant that retailers — both online and brick-and-mortar — scrambled to secure the space they needed to fulfill the influx of new orders.

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Two for Tuesday - Redistricting Updates

 

originally published by REBIC with permission to repost on CRCBR.

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Pandemic, Shifting Markets Creating Risks, Opportunities for Capital Markets

originally published by JEFF ZBAR for NAIOP National

Capital Markets

While some assets in the real estate market have been jolted by pandemic-related fallout, some investors, managers, and property owners will look back on the COVID-19 era as the “golden era” of real estate investment.

While some sectors have struggled, like office and retail, certain sectors have seen tremendous growth. Managers with operational expertise with the right property type have found success.

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Automation and Digital Transformation in CRE

originally published by  ROCHELLE BRODER-SINGER for NAIOP National

Tech Pictures

Commercial real estate and construction have been notoriously slow to adopt new technologies. But digital transformation is coming to the industry. At CRE Converge 2021 in Miami Beach, experts discussed how several new technologies are affecting developers, builders, and owners:

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Alternative Means and Methods for Maintaining Project Momentum

originally published by BRIELLE SCOTT for NAIOP National

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The post-pandemic construction boom has taken many forms. E-commerce and big box retailers are developing across the country, while at the same time, construction projects that were postponed during the pandemic have resumed. However, the lack of workforce at manufacturing facilities last year combined with the high demand for materials have led to price increases and lead-time delays.

In a session at CRE.Converge this week, a panel of experts led by Bill Finfrock, president, FINFROCK, shared some of the strategies used in construction to keep projects moving forward despite these challenges.

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Build-to-Suit vs. Spec: Which Building is Right For a Specific Company?

originally published by K.J. Jacobs for NAIOP National

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Businesses that are young and growing might lean toward spec; older, established firms could favor build-to-suits.

When it comes to choosing the right building, there are several questions an organization must ask itself. Is the company at a place where it can invest in a building that will attract prospective employees? Is the company looking for a more temporary or flexible workplace? Is the facility able to support the organization’s needs for production, research, collaboration or innovation? 

Since each company’s requirements, goals and operations are unique, as are each facility’s offerings and characteristics, the answers will vary depending on who’s asking. 

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Help Needed With Survey for Economic Impacts of CRE

 

Dear NAIOP Chapter Executives:

The NAIOP Research Foundation is currently conducting a brief survey of U.S. members on development costs for office, warehouse/distribution, manufacturing and retail projects. This updated information is needed to complete the 2022 U.S. edition of the Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, and we would appreciate your help promoting the survey to members who are likely to know about development costs for manufacturing and retail properties, as only a few respondents have provided information for these property types.

The survey takes about 2-3 minutes to complete, and we are now offering anyone who provides information on development costs (including those who have already completed the survey) with a $10 Amazon gift card. Please encourage members to complete the survey, either using the personalized link they received on Monday, September 20, or using this open link: https://research.zarca.com/r/hh79EQ If someone else at their firm would be better able to complete the survey or is more familiar with manufacturing or retail projects, members can send them the open link. The survey will now close on October 6.

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