Realtors group’s government affairs committee meets with city council

Apache Junction resident Craig Peck, standing, president-elect for the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors, reads from a policy platform at a June 29 lunch at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road. The SEVRAR officials were primarily from the group’s government affairs committee, which has met with various local municipalities, Katrina Deist-Zemar, vice chair of the committee, said. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

Apache Junction resident Craig Peck, standing, president-elect for the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors, reads from a policy platform at a June 29 lunch at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road. The SEVRAR officials were primarily from the group’s government affairs committee, which has met with various local municipalities, Katrina Deist-Zemar, vice chair of the committee, said. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

A committee of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors met with six members of the Apache Junction City Council for a June 29 lunch and discussion on local issues.

Officials from the city and the Realtors group said it was a good meeting and that they plan to meet annually.

“The focus is on what SEVRAR can help them with and then also it builds the partnership so that we’re here for each other to help each other, because it’s beneficial for both of us,” Keri Means, the group’s president, said after the lunch.

“I think it was excellent,” she said of the meeting with the council. “(They) got to hear what we’re thinking and it is so in sync with (theirs),” she said.

“It was great to see the interaction between the real-estate Realtor community and  our mayor and council,” Apache Junction City Manager Bryant Powell said after the lunch. “I think we met our goal of exchanging ideas. An exchange of ideas happened today, where they know a little bit more about where we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. And they’ve been able to share some of the thoughts that they have, that they have been seeing.”

SEVRAR officials explained to the council a policy platform including principles from protecting property rights to ensuring economic vitality, ensuring housing opportunity and choice, preserving the environment and building better communities.

Mr. Powell gave a presentation on topics including affordable-housing alternatives,  infill developments, park and open space amenities, state land development and regional transportation corridors.

SEVRAR officials at the lunch were primarily from the group’s government affairs committee, which has met with various local municipalities, Katrina Deist-Zemar, vice chair of the committee, said.

Toward the end of the lunch she suggested the two groups meet once a year to discuss local issues.

“We do try to meet annually with all of the ones we’re associated with in the east Valley, southeast Valley. This is our first time with you guys,” she said. “It’s really nice for us to be here and be able to spend some time with you and see what you guys are doing.”

When asked if he saw a benefit to meeting once a year, Mr. Powell replied, “I think – yeah, for an hour. I think maybe once a year is the right tempo. So yes.”

The lunch was held 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the city of Apache Junction Conference Center, 1001 N. Idaho Road, north of the police station.

Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco, Vice Mayor Robin Barker and council members Chip Wilson, Dave Waldron, Jeff Serdy and Gail Evans were present. City staff members also attended, including Mr. Powell, Assistant City Manager Matt Busby, City Attorney Joel Stern and Economic Development Administrator Janine Solley.

SEVRAR officials included Ms. Means; Ms. Deist-Zemar; Apache Junction resident Craig Peck, president-elect; and Matt Ortega, director of government affairs.

The Realtors group spent $330 on the lunch, Laurel Pendle, director of public relations and events for SEVRAR, said.

Ms. Pendle said the government affairs committee is not a lobbying group.

RAPAC is the group’s Realtors of Arizona Political Action Committee, according to http://www.sevrar.com/committees/rapac.

The government affairs section works on behalf of the more than 10,500 Realtors of SEVRAR to ensure an environment exists in local government that promotes home ownership and allows real estate professionals to conduct business free from onerous rules, regulations and ordinances, according to the group’s website, http://www.sevrar.com/committees/government-affairs.

 

A committee of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors met for lunch with the Apache Junction City Council  June 29 at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road.  (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

A committee of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors met for lunch with the Apache Junction City Council June 29 at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

A committee of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors met for lunch with the Apache Junction City Council  June 29 at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road.  (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

A committee of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors met for lunch with the Apache Junction City Council June 29 at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

A committee of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors met for lunch with the Apache Junction City Council  June 29 at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road.  (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

A committee of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors met for lunch with the Apache Junction City Council June 29 at the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

 

Food provided by the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

Food provided by the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

 

Outside the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road.  (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

Outside the Conference Center at 1001 N. Idaho Road. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

 

 

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