Codes and Regulations

NAHB Continues to Push Back Against Rent Control

Filed in Affordability, Codes and Regulations, Multifamily by on September 6, 2019 3 Comments
NAHB Continues to Push Back Against Rent Control

Rent control legislation is being considered in California that will exacerbate housing shortages and drive up rents.

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NAHB Podcast: Everything’s Under Control – Rents, Housing Finance & the Economy

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Economics by on September 5, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Podcast: Everything’s Under Control – Rents, Housing Finance & the Economy

After a summer hiatus, co-hosts NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin return to discuss all things economics on Housing Developments, the NAHB podcast.

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Why a ‘Ban’ on Single-Family Zoning Could Be a Good Thing

Why a ‘Ban’ on Single-Family Zoning Could Be a Good Thing

Recently, the state of Oregon has moved to use the power of policy to influence housing affordability, diversity and flexibility. In what some are calling an effective ban on single-family zoning, the state is requiring that multifamily units be allowed on land previously reserved just for single-family homes.

A recent report from NAHB illustrates how innovative land-use policies that encourage the development of housing, such as Oregon’s legislation, promote greater housing affordability and meet the varied needs of an increasingly diverse home-buying population. 

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The Case Against Exclusionary Zoning

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Economics, Land Development by on August 23, 2019 1 Comment
The Case Against Exclusionary Zoning

A new policy paper by Michael Stegman, a senior housing policy fellow at the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets, makes the case against exclusionary zoning and land use controls.

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Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on August 22, 2019 4 Comments
Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In an important win for NAHB and the housing community, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia recently filed a carefully worded 85-page decision that dismantles the Obama-era 2015 waters of the U.S. rule. This is the first court to find that the substance of the 2015 rule violates the Clean Water Act.

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‘Public Charge’ Rule Finalized

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal by on August 20, 2019 0 Comments
‘Public Charge’ Rule Finalized

The Trump administration last week finalized its “public charge” rule. The term refers to a person who is primarily dependent on the government for support. The new rule broadens the definition of who is considered a public charge to include immigrants who receive substantially less government assistance through programs such as housing assistance, food stamps or public health insurance.

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Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 12, 2019 3 Comments
Final ESA Rules will Streamline the Permitting Process

In a victory for NAHB, the Trump administration today released final rules updating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation requirements and new regulations governing the designation of critical habitat that will improve the overall efficiency of the ESA’s permitting process and make compliance less onerous for home builders and developers.

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New Rules to Raise Investment Amounts for EB-5 Investors

New Rules to Raise Investment Amounts for EB-5 Investors

The Department of Homeland Security has published new rules to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program that will increase the amount of money for foreign-born investors seeking to take part in the program.

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New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 18, 2019 0 Comments
New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 to Determine Flood Insurance Rates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has initiated a long-term effort to transform the program to make it more consumer friendly and better reflect the actual risks properties face.

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NAHB Opposes Portman-Shaheen Energy Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on July 17, 2019 11 Comments
NAHB Opposes Portman-Shaheen Energy Bill

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, legislation opposed by NAHB because it would mandate overly costly and aggressive energy efficiency requirements in model building energy codes, which harms housing affordability.

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