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By Dr. Arthur C. Nelson Ph.D. FAICP, John Randolph PhD, James M. McElfish Jr., Joseph M. Schilling, Jonathan Logan, LLC Newport Partners

Many groups around the country nonetheless lack cheap housing. and plenty of officers proceed to assert that “affordable housing” is an oxymoron. construction inexpensively is very unlikely, they are saying, simply because there are too many rules. Required environmental impression statements and habitat safety legislation, they contend, force up the prices of development. yet is that this really real? In a entire research of the query, the authors of this eye-opening booklet separate truth from myth. With admirable readability, they describe the coverage debate from its starting, evaluation the industrial idea, hint the evolution of improvement rules, and summarize the foremost learn at the subject. moreover, they provide their very own study, followed by way of a case learn of 2 strikingly varied Washington, D.C., suburbs. in addition they comprise result of concentration teams carried out in Dallas, Denver, and Tucson. The authors locate that environmental regulatory costs—as a proportion of overall bills and processes—are concerning the comparable now as they have been thirty years in the past, even if there are way more laws at the present time. They locate, too, that environmental rules may very well create merits which may increase the worth of housing. Although they finish that laws don't seem to force up housing bills extra now than long ago, they do supply ideas of how within which the tactics linked to regulations—including evaluation procedures—could be greater and will lead to fee mark downs. meant essentially for  pros who're fascinated about, or impacted through, regulations—from public officers, planners, and engineers to housing builders and group activists—this ebook will offer important insights and information to someone who desires to recognize if (and how) American housing can truly be made “affordable.”

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These conflict resolution approaches may range from formal arbitration and administrative hearings to informal mediation and consensus building. , Baltimore County) developers to convene charrettes with local residents for certain special projects. Engaging residents early in the design phases of a project substantially minimizes the potential for NIMBY opposition. Within the planning profession, the National Charrette Institute’s workshops create a standard framework that adds predictability and credibility to the consensus-building process.

The effects of reorganization on the actual production of housing have not been studied. 44 One of us (Nelson) recounts a personal anecdote of this from when he was a planning consultant in Washington State during the 1980s. The local county created a one-stop environmental review process to implement Washington’s environmental policy act, with an administrator facilitating discussions among the dozen or so state and local agencies involved in Washington’s environmental policy act. Instead of reducing the permitting period, however, the period actually increased by 50 percent.

7 • • • • National Environmental Policy Act environmental impact statement (NEPA EIS) process review. These regulations, which are enforced by the EPA, can have process and review impacts on large projects requiring federal approval, funding, or permitting. Wetlands permitting. These regulations, which are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA) and enforced by the Corps of Engineers and the EPA, can affect the permit process and may require mitigation required by the Corps of Engineers for development that affects jurisdictional wetlands.

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