Land Development

2017 CGP: Big Wins, But Liability Concerns Remain

2017 CGP: Big Wins, But Liability Concerns Remain

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the 2017 Construction General Permit – and it includes provisions that NAHB and our members have fought long and hard for through testimony, letters and extensive meetings.

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Resolution to Vacate WOTUS Rule Introduced in Senate

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.

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Poll Outlines Sustainable Stormwater Management Barriers

Poll Outlines Sustainable Stormwater Management Barriers

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.

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Help Create the 2018 NGBS

Nominations are now being accepted for the committee that will develop the 2018 version of the National Green Building Standard.

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New Ideas for Low-Impact Development

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Land Development by on January 3, 2017 0 Comments
New Ideas for Low-Impact Development

Best in American Living magazine featured some new, low-impact development ideas that some builders may not know about — solutions that might fit the bill depending on the features of the lot or site.

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Rising Interest Rates, House Prices Push Thousands Out of the Market

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Economics, Land Development by on December 13, 2016 4 Comments
Rising Interest Rates, House Prices Push Thousands Out of the Market

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.

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No. 1 Cause of Structural Failures

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Land Development, Legal by on December 9, 2016 3 Comments
No. 1 Cause of Structural Failures

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.

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Where Do Your Impact Fees Really Go?

Filed in Land Development, Legal by on November 1, 2016 1 Comment
Where Do Your Impact Fees Really Go?

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.

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5 Cities to Try Out New EPA Stormwater Management Plan

5 Cities to Try Out New EPA Stormwater Management Plan

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.

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Supreme Court to Hear Property Rights Case

Supreme Court to Hear Property Rights Case

The U.S. Supreme Court docket includes a Fifth Amendment “takings” clause case that will undoubtedly affect home builders: Murr v. Wisconsin.

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