Tag: ESA

Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on October 3, 2018 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

The U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term Oct. 1 by hearing oral argument in Weyerhaeuser v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which involves a clash between two NAHB members and the dusky gopher frog. NAHB has been involved in the case from the start, most recently weighing in with an amicus brief on the merits of the case.

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Supreme Court Ready to Hear 2 Important Cases

Filed in Land Development, Legal by on September 28, 2018 1 Comment
Supreme Court Ready to Hear 2 Important Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court starts a new term on Monday, Oct. 1 with two cases that home builders have been following closely.

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NAHB, USA Today Debate Merits of Updating the Endangered Species Act

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on August 2, 2018 2 Comments
NAHB, USA Today Debate Merits of Updating the Endangered Species Act

In a point-counterpoint published on USA Today’s opinion page on Aug. 2, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel and the USA Today editorial board debated the merits of the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act.

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ESA Proposals Cut Red Tape to Concentrate on Species, Not Paperwork

ESA Proposals Cut Red Tape to Concentrate on Species, Not Paperwork

NAHB is welcoming proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act announced July 19 as a way to streamline a cumbersome and bureaucratic permitting process – and allow federal regulators to spend more time on species preservation rather than creating red tape.

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NAHB Jumps in on Supreme Court’s Gopher Frog Case

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on April 30, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Jumps in on Supreme Court’s Gopher Frog Case

NAHB today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of two NAHB members contesting a provision of the Endangered Species Act that would result in $34 million in lost property value to protect an animal that doesn’t even live there.

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NAHB Settlement Clarifies ‘Critical Habitat’ for Endangered Species

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on March 20, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Settlement Clarifies ‘Critical Habitat’ for Endangered Species

NAHB and three other national trade associations have reached a major settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, committing the Services to reconsider two rules finalized by the previous Administration that made sweeping and unlawful changes to long-existing Endangered Species Act regulations.

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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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Trump Administration Plans ESA Reform

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on December 28, 2017 0 Comments

Comments are being solicited regarding two new draft regulations designed to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and make compliance less onerous for home builders and developers.

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Interior Reverses Controversial MBTA Interpretation

Interior Reverses Controversial MBTA Interpretation

The Department of the Interior on Dec. 22 reversed a controversial Obama Adminstration decision to subject private landowners, including home builders, to federal prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The decision nullifies the previous legal interpretation of the act that included civil and criminal penalties for unintentional “incidental takings,” or killing or injuring endangered species.

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Suit Seeks Protection for 417 More Animals, Plants

Filed in Environmental, Home Building, Uncategorized by on August 23, 2016 3 Comments
Suit Seeks Protection for 417 More Animals, Plants

The Center for Biological Diversity plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect hundreds of animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act, which in turn limits the land available on which to build homes.

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