Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced a resolution to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule, which contains new and expanded definitions that NAHB has long held as the poster child of federal intrusion into states’ rights and an example of federal overreach on land-use decisions.
Home builders would be much more likely to adopt low-impact or more sustainable stormwater management practices if local jurisdictions offered fast-track permitting or other incentives for installing them, according to a recent NAHB poll.
NAHB economists recently determined that for every $1,000 increase in the cost of today’s median-priced home, nearly 153,000 American households are “priced out” and would no longer be able to afford it.
Improper drainage, active soils, or simply poor design are frequently the culprits. But research shows that, by far, the most common cause of residential structural failure stems from insufficiently compacted fill material. A new article on nahb.org reveals just how prevalent (and costly) the issue is, and how it can be avoided.
Impact fees have been a revenue generator in many city’s across the country for nearly 50 years, but they shouldn’t always be the go-to solution for financing public projects. This is especially true in the growing number of places where impact fees are likely being miscalculated and misused, as is the current debate in Bozeman, Mont., where auditors discovered misused impact fees totaling $7.2 million.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that five communities will get each get $150,000 in technical assistance grants to pilot tools designed to help them better manage stormwater pollution and comply with the Clean Water Act. NAHB hopes the result will result in more cost-effective solutions.