Land Development

New Tax Law May Increase Developers’ Sewer and Water Costs

Filed in Capitol Hill, Land Development by on April 17, 2018 1 Comment
New Tax Law May Increase Developers’ Sewer and Water Costs

Even after a massive reduction in their corporate tax rate, some utility companies are interpreting a little-known tax change in a way that is forcing developers to substantially increase what they pay for contributions in aid of construction (CIACs).

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Drone Use Among Builders Continues its Ascent

Drone Use Among Builders Continues its Ascent

A recent NAHB survey discovered that the popularity of drones within the housing industry is not only growing — it’s skyrocketing.

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6th Circuit Court Vacates WOTUS Rule Stay

6th Circuit Court Vacates WOTUS Rule Stay

There is a new development in the never-ending saga that is the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Today, the 6th Circuit took the formal action of vacating its temporary injunction and dismissing all of the challenges to the rule.

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Competing with Big Builders the Smart Way

Competing with Big Builders the Smart Way

Big builders can typically survive on lower gross and net profits than smaller builders. But small builders have some advantages of their own — traits that can come in handy when attempting to find and purchase land.

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NAHB Seeks Nationwide Injunction on WOTUS Rule

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on February 8, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Seeks Nationwide Injunction on WOTUS Rule

NAHB joined a broad coalition of farmers, miners and foresters Feb. 7 to ask the U.S. District Court in Texas to issue a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting the federal government from enforcing or implementing the 2015 WOTUS Rule, which defines the extent of the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

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Legal Action Fund Fights Building Challenges

Filed in Councils & Committees, Land Development, Legal by on February 8, 2018 0 Comments
Legal Action Fund Fights Building Challenges

The new year has already seen a rise in legal challenges pertaining to the home building industry. At the 2018 International Builders’ Show, the NAHB Legal Action Committee met the challenge for cases in Nevada, Michigan, Colorado, and Idaho.

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Trump Administration to Delay Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Trump Administration to Delay Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced a two-year delay before the Obama-era “waters of the United States” rule is in effect – giving the agency more time to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and replace it with definitions that provide needed clarity for those regulated by the Clean Water Act.

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Supreme Court to Hear About Frog that Never Was

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Land Development, Legal by on January 23, 2018 0 Comments
Supreme Court to Hear About Frog that Never Was

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case concerning whether the federal government may designate about 1,600 acres of private property in Louisiana as “unoccupied critical habitat” for the endangered Dusky Gopher Frog – a designation that translates into $34 million in lost development value for the property’s owner.

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Cluster Boxes: The New Normal for Mail Delivery

Cluster Boxes: The New Normal for Mail Delivery

Faced with declining revenue as it competes with private express carriers and online order delivery services, the United States Postal Service now favors the installation of less-expensive cluster box units over traditional door-to-door or curbside delivery in new single-family developments.

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WOTUS Rule Would be ‘Devastating,’ Builder Tells Capitol Hill

WOTUS Rule Would be ‘Devastating,’ Builder Tells Capitol Hill

The 2015 rule defining “waters of the United States” would be devastating for his business, said NAHB member Doug Davis at a briefing for congressional staff in Washington, D.C. Dec. 6.

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