Land Development

Massachusetts Builders, NAHB Rein in a Federal Land Grab

Massachusetts Builders, NAHB Rein in a Federal Land Grab

Last summer, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule that would have illegally expanded Clean Water Act jurisdiction to include 900,000 acres of dry land in Massachusetts. NAHB and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts have nipped it in the bud.

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Finding Community: LGBT Housing for Seniors

Finding Community: LGBT Housing for Seniors

A small outcrop of LGBT-focused multi-unit or single-family development communities for seniors has sprung up in recent years.

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Labor and Material Costs Rising Faster Than Lot Prices

Filed in Economics, Land Development by on October 26, 2017 3 Comments
Labor and Material Costs Rising Faster Than Lot Prices

Despite the record-high prices for single-family lots, the average portion of the final sales price of a new single-family home attributed to the cost of the lot is actually decreasing. But that isn’t exactly good news.

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Rising Prices, Limited Labor Handcuff Housing Inventory

Rising Prices, Limited Labor Handcuff Housing Inventory

Industry experts, including NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, will illustrate housing trends and the market outlook during an upcoming webinar, “Residential Construction: Homeownership, Supply & Headwinds,” on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. ET.

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Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Home Innovation Research Labs has expanded the scope of the next edition of the National Green Building Standard to include commercial portions of primarily residential buildings and assisted living facilities.

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Lots: Record-High Prices, Record-Low Sizes

Lots: Record-High Prices, Record-Low Sizes

Recent NAHB analysis reveals a changing landscape for lot values and sizes.

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Requiring Land Use Agencies to Justify Denials

Filed in Land Development, Legal by on October 4, 2017 0 Comments
Requiring Land Use Agencies to Justify Denials

A prominent barrier to the development of affordable housing is unreasonable community opposition. This Oct. 10 presentation will explore the unique processes some states have enacted to handle land use denials.

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Comment Period for WOTUS Rule Withdrawal Extended

Comment Period for WOTUS Rule Withdrawal Extended

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are extending the comment period by 30 days for a proposed rule that will roll back the flawed 2015 “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition.

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EPA Formally Withdraws National Post-Construction Rule

EPA Formally Withdraws National Post-Construction Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that long-awaited federal regulations to require all developers to install stormwater management devices have been jettisoned.

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NAHB, Municipal Challenges Put Massachusetts Stormwater Permit on Hold

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on July 19, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB, Municipal Challenges Put Massachusetts Stormwater Permit on Hold

The Massachusetts permit, as well as a nearly identical permit released by EPA in New Hampshire, includes new requirements for land-use controls for post-construction discharges. NAHB, along with several municipal groups, challenged both permits this year because of concern over new requirements, including the issue of federal overreach in the stormwater program.

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