Addressing Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability

Home builders today face costly challenges in these times of expanding impact fees, punitive regulations such as inclusionary zoning, lengthy approval processes, and costly permitting procedures which combine to drive up the cost of housing. You need expert sources you can turn to help you respond to and influence the regulatory agencies which impact your ability to provide quality housing to all Americans.

There are many excellent resources available on the web which demonstrate the negative consequences of regulatory barriers. HUD’s National Call to Action campaign is designed to create a national network of states, communities, and affordable housing advocacy groups who pledge to regulatory reform, and by doing so, strengthen the national commitment to providing affordable housing for America's workforce. Two examples of the results of this call to action can be found in reports done by Lancaster County, Penn. and the City of Medford, Ore.

Regulation and the Rise of Housing Prices in Greater Boston is an excellent paper conducted by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Rappaport Institute. Also, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has developed a Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse. Regulatory Barriers to Manufactured Housing Placement in Urban Communities

Manufactured housing is an option that is seldom used in urban areas although it appears to provide quality and cost advantages over sitebuilt housing. Regulatory Barriers to Manufactured Housing Placement in Urban Communities examines the scope and severity of state and local regulatory barriers (such as local zoning, subdivision ordinances, and architectural design standards) to manufactured housing placement within entitlement communities in the Community Development Block Grant Program, and makes suggestions on how communities can address these barriers.