Land Development

Virginia Home Builders Log Big Wins During 2020 Legislative Session

Filed in Home Building, Land Development, Legal by on April 14, 2020 0 Comments
Virginia Home Builders Log Big Wins During 2020 Legislative Session

Of more than 3,600 pieces of legislation introduced during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, the Home Builders Association of Virginia’s (HBAV) government affairs team found 270 that had a direct or indirect impact on residential land development and construction, and worked hard to defeat several bills and resolutions that could have harmed housing affordability and economic growth in the Commonwealth.

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How Increasing 5G Infrastructure May Impact Local Land Use

Filed in Land Development, Technology by on March 20, 2020 0 Comments
How Increasing 5G Infrastructure May Impact Local Land Use

With a nationwide spread of 5G, and its potential impacts on land in urban, rural and residential areas, it is as important as ever to stay informed with the latest land use issues and solutions. Learn more about what the increase in 5G infrastructure may entail.

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San Diego Builders Help Defeat Anti-Housing Ballot Measure

San Diego Builders Help Defeat Anti-Housing Ballot Measure

A diverse coalition led by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego County and local REALTORS® defeated a March 3 ballot measure that could have limited housing development in rural areas of San Diego County, Calif.

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2 Portland Projects Highlight Flexibility of ADUs

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on March 9, 2020 0 Comments
2 Portland Projects Highlight Flexibility of ADUs

As the housing affordability crisis continues, a greater mix of housing types, not just more housing, is needed to meet differing income and generational needs. Here are two examples that highlight different approaches to creating one type of solution, accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

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Smaller Townhouses Help Address Missing Middle Housing Issue

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on January 16, 2020 3 Comments
Smaller Townhouses Help Address Missing Middle Housing Issue

NAHB continues to dive into ongoing concerns over housing affordability, including its “Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes” report. The report identifies ordinances and codes that enable the construction of more varied housing types and smaller, more affordable homes, including the form-based code for greenfield development used in the Mews Townhouse Units in South Jordan, Utah.

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3 Ways to Make Housing Options Work

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on January 10, 2020 0 Comments
3 Ways to Make Housing Options Work

Media coverage recently has detailed the growing housing affordability shortage in the United States, discussing how local zoning remains a barrier to greater access to housing. Communities can work to address this shortage by updating ordinances that promote single-family detached and large multifamily buildings, with few options between.

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Local HBA Rallies Against Red Tape

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Land Development by on November 13, 2019 1 Comment
Local HBA Rallies Against Red Tape

If it wasn’t for a surge of successful advocacy efforts led by the Northwest Arkansas HBA, it would have been much more challenging to attract home buyers in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Lot Values Hit Record Highs

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Housing Trends, Land Development by on November 12, 2019 7 Comments
Lot Values Hit Record Highs

Median single-family lot prices in 2018 outpaced inflation (4.4% vs 2.4%) and reached a new record high, with half of the lots selling at or above $49,500, according to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data.

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What is the ‘Missing Middle’ of Housing?

Filed in Affordability, Education, Land Development, Multifamily by on November 1, 2019 1 Comment
What is the ‘Missing Middle’ of Housing?

Less restrictive zoning would allow for more of what’s been termed “missing middle housing” and help provide solutions to the housing affordability crisis. A recent webinar presented what missing middle housing is, how it meets the needs of today’s buyers, and the current challenges and successes in developing these types of homes.

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NAHB Podcast: Is Upzoning a Trend or a Solution?

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on October 2, 2019 2 Comments
NAHB Podcast: Is Upzoning a Trend or a Solution?

On this episode of Housing Developments, co-hosts CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the latest trend in the fight for affordable housing: upzoning. Does this policy have the legs to be more than a trend and become a solution?

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