Land Development

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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New American Home Capitalizes on Unique Lot

New American Home Capitalizes on Unique Lot

A 30-foot drop in elevation from street level to the back of the property was one of the first obstacles for Legacy Custom Built. But the builder of The New American Home 2018 is turning that steep pitch into a golden opportunity. “When you run into challenges and have to find solutions, that’s what makes residential construction so interesting,” said John Kolb, Legacy’s VP of construction.

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High-End Development, Down on the Farm

Filed in Housing Trends, Land Development by on July 14, 2017 5 Comments
High-End Development, Down on the Farm

Agrihoods have been popping up across the country featuring farms or food growing as a central amenity of the new residential developments.

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Housing Demand in the Southeast Finds a ‘New Normal’

Housing Demand in the Southeast Finds a ‘New Normal’

It’s been an up-and-down year thus far in the Southeast U.S. for home building. But May sales numbers indicate the region is finding its sweet spot.

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WOTUS Rule Definitions on the Way Out

Filed in Environmental, Land Development by on June 27, 2017 4 Comments
WOTUS Rule Definitions on the Way Out

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers today proposed to replace the 2015 definition of the term “waters of the United States” (the Clean Water Rule) with the 1986 text.

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Anti-NIMBY Statutes Bolster Affordable Housing Developers

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Land Development, Legal by on June 21, 2017 0 Comments
Anti-NIMBY Statutes Bolster Affordable Housing Developers

There’s good news for developers who’ve grown weary from unreasonable neighborhood opposition to affordable housing projects: A new report illustrates unique ways to appeal land use permit denials.

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When Builders and Postmasters Disagree

Filed in Land Development by on June 7, 2017 0 Comments
When Builders and Postmasters Disagree

The U.S. Postal Service is cutting costs wherever it can just to stay afloat. Cluster mailboxes are generally seen as a cost-efficient delivery method, but can builders still get approval for curbside delivery? Just ask the members of the Tidewater HBA in southeastern Virginia.

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Improved WOTUS Rule Should Bring Stability, Panelist Says

Improved WOTUS Rule Should Bring Stability, Panelist Says

Speakers at the Environmental Law Institute’s National Wetlands Awards panel discussion May 17 know there are challenges ahead as the Trump administration launches its efforts to fix the flawed Obama-era “waters of the United States” rule, including how it may affect wetlands mitigation banks.

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NAHB Urges EPA To Revise 3 Important Regulations

NAHB Urges EPA To Revise 3 Important Regulations

Many federal regulations involving wetlands, stormwater and lead paint are in need of significant revisions because they have a disproportionate and negative impact on our members and other small businesses.

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