Land Use

This is a huge committee. The full title is Land Use, private property rights and environment committee. We met as a group on Tuesday and I think there were close to eighty committee members there and a large number of observers. The committee observes all sorts of land related issue and expands into property related legislation. Until recently it handled flood insurance issue. The current topics are waters of the US, the clean water act, and energy efficiency, endangered species act, lead paint, property rating systems. While no one is against clean water or clean air, many members are adamant defenders of private property rights. The conversation was once again lively and surprising wide ranging. It wandered off topic a few times discussing the effectiveness of improving windows and the wisdom of having solar cells. This group currently has a sub group that is reviewing NAR’s Climate Change policy to see if it needs updating. The guest speaker was with FireSafe , Michele Steinberg, Division manager Wildland Fire Operations. A hot topic (sorry) considering the immense fire currently being fought in Alberta. Her organization helps create safe properties in fire endangered areas. And interesting factoid, the number of wildfires is not significantly higher, but the intensity and size is way bigger than previous years.

John Rosshirt

John Rosshirt is a residential broker and part owner of Stanberry & Associates REALTORS®. The firm’s 100 agents cover Austin, which is one of the hottest markets in the U.S., and also the full variety of real estate, including farm and ranch, in the four surrounding counties. He has worn many hats in his association work, and is currently serving as a Regional Vice President for the Texas Association of REALTORS® and participating on the Green Resource Council’s Advisory Board and the NAR Smart Growth Advisory Board. He has been the chairman of his local board, headed the MLS twice, chaired the NAR Smart Growth Advisory Board, and served as a NAR Director as well as on two NAR President’s Advisory Groups (PAGs). In 2000, he was named Salesman of the Year by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, and in 2008 received the Omega Tau Rho Award. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, he holds the professional designations of Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Green, and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®). Last November, he was the recipient of the GREEN Resource Council’s Evergreen Award.

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