Land Development Policies

Increased regulation, often times redundant and inefficient, and more stringent requirements for funding of infrastructure have combined to make developing land for new homes more difficult and more expensive than ever before. In addition to local zoning and subdivision laws, several states and the federal government have begun imposing more control through their use of state plans, state growth management laws and federal regulations. Indirect federal land use controls through transportation funding formulas further compound the ability of the private sector to meet housing demand. These new restrictions are often unbalanced in their perspective and more often than not, neglect the need to shelter all economic levels of the population.