Environment and Infrastructure

ADA Reform

Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) marked a critical step in the fight to end discrimination faced by disabled individuals in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and other aspects of public life. NAIOP is vehemently opposed to any action or policy which denies rights to people with disabilities, and therefore supports the mission and objectives of the ADA.

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Brownfields Program

Brownfields are abandoned or under-utilized commercial or industrial properties where expansion or redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties improves and protects the environment, increases local tax bases, facilitates economic growth and utilizes existing infrastructure for development.

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Endangered Species Act Reform

The Endangered Species Act dates to 1973, and its legislative intention was, and still is, to provide a program that will protect plant and animal imperiled species from becoming extinct. It is NAIOP’s intention to find a balance between this mandate and economic development.

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Infrastructure and Transportation

Federal transportation funding to repair, expand and enhance our nation’s infrastructure has traditionally been authorized by Congress through a Transportation Reauthorization Bill. Originally created in 1992, the Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) was the first bill multi-year funding system that provided for our future transportation needs. Since then, several transportation reauthorization bills have been passed including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Most recently, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 was signed into law at the end of 2015, providing dedicated funding for the next five years.

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Understanding how the federal government regulates wetlands and other water areas has been a complicated and confusing issue for landowners and developers. Recent court decisions on wetlands jurisdiction have only further exacerbated the issue of which waters bodies are under federal protection and control. This section states NAIOP’s position on wetlands and provides recommendations to create a balance between conservation and economic development in the commercial real estate industry.

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