Land Development

Lot Values Hit Record Highs

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Housing Trends, Land Development by on November 12, 2019 0 Comments
Lot Values Hit Record Highs

Median single-family lot prices in 2018 outpaced inflation (4.4% vs 2.4%) and reached a new record high, with half of the lots selling at or above $49,500, according to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data.

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What is the ‘Missing Middle’ of Housing?

Filed in Affordability, Education, Land Development, Multifamily by on November 1, 2019 0 Comments
What is the ‘Missing Middle’ of Housing?

Less restrictive zoning would allow for more of what’s been termed “missing middle housing” and help provide solutions to the housing affordability crisis. A recent webinar presented what missing middle housing is, how it meets the needs of today’s buyers, and the current challenges and successes in developing these types of homes.

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NAHB Podcast: Is Upzoning a Trend or a Solution?

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on October 2, 2019 2 Comments
NAHB Podcast: Is Upzoning a Trend or a Solution?

On this episode of Housing Developments, co-hosts CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the latest trend in the fight for affordable housing: upzoning. Does this policy have the legs to be more than a trend and become a solution?

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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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Downtown Revitalization Includes Upscale Affordable Housing Development

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on August 20, 2019 0 Comments
Downtown Revitalization Includes Upscale Affordable Housing Development

The Fresno Housing Authority has sought to play a critical role in driving community revitalization by creating and renovating quality affordable housing, including the development of CityView @ Van Ness. The new development produced 45 units of affordable housing for entry-level workforce households.

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Marrying Affordability and Sustainability at The Rose

Marrying Affordability and Sustainability at The Rose

Located just south of downtown Minneapolis, The Rose incorporates pioneering green building techniques among its 90 mixed-income (47 affordable and 43 market-rate) apartments, which range from efficiencies to three bedrooms.

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Taking Charge: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Land Use

Filed in Land Development by on July 29, 2019 4 Comments
Taking Charge: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Land Use

As electric vehicles increase in prominence so will publicly available charging stations, undoubtedly having an impact on land use.  

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6 Lessons Learned from a Historic St. Louis Rehab Project

6 Lessons Learned from a Historic St. Louis Rehab Project

The Arcade Apartments development is finished product of a historic rehabilitation of a 500,000-square-foot architectural landmark in downtown St. Louis. The $118 million project involved a mix of federal and state historic tax credits and New Market Tax Credits, loans, mortgages and investment from Webster University.

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Affordable Cottage Community Spotlights Benefits of Reduced Zoning Regulations

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on July 22, 2019 4 Comments
Affordable Cottage Community Spotlights Benefits of Reduced Zoning Regulations

Zoning restrictions are one of the obstacles challenging housing affordability, often favoring single-family homes and limiting higher-density multifamily buildings. One project that highlights how reduced zoning restrictions can benefit development of creative and effective housing options is the Boiceville Cottages in Brooktondale, N.Y.

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