Tag: land development

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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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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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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Impact Fees Raising Concerns About Affordability

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Land Development by on February 15, 2017 1 Comment
Impact Fees Raising Concerns About Affordability

Many lawmakers and community officials continue to turn to inclusionary zoning as a seemingly quick and easy plan to adopt and impose on the housing industry. However, new research confirms that multiple strategies are needed to close the financing gap and make projects viable. NAHB recently compiled additional resources to help builders and land developers address some of their most pressing industry concerns related to impact fees and affordability—highlighting alternative approaches that produced positive results.

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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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New Reports Highlight the Cost Savings of Faster Development Reviews

Filed in Land Development by on January 13, 2016 0 Comments
New Reports Highlight the Cost Savings of Faster Development Reviews

Inefficiencies in the development approval process can end up causing big headaches and costing big bucks. They can also negatively impact housing affordability, increase government offices’ administrative costs and stifle economic growth. But shortening the time from concept to occupancy by one year could save your business as much as 20% of the project cost.

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NAHB Helps EPA Simplify Stormwater Permitting Process for Small Builders

NAHB Helps EPA Simplify Stormwater Permitting Process for Small Builders

EPA is seeking NAHB’s help in simplifying the permitting process for stormwater management. Care to put in your two cents?

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New NAHB Report Details Alternatives to Impact Fees

Filed in Housing Finance, Land Development by on January 12, 2015 0 Comments
New NAHB Report Details Alternatives to Impact Fees

With development once again under way, the age-old pressure points in the development approval process also have returned. As communities look at ways to finance new infrastructure, it is all too easy for them to bump the impact fees on new residential developments back up to pre-recession levels for roads, schools, water, sewer and so on.
But impact fees are an imperfect tool for financing infrastructure.

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