Development Approval and Permitting Process Ranks as Top Industry Concern
The development approval and permitting process ranked as the top issue on NAHB’s most recent Critical Issues Survey. Liability insurance cost ranked 2nd, down from number one in the previous survey. Lumber prices/supply and cement prices/supply ranked number 3 and 4 respectively. Rounding out the top five was development costs.
The annual survey asks executive officers at state and local builders associations across the country to rate emerging and existing industry issues, such as “growth policy” and “environmental regulations.” Issues are ranked on a scale of one to five, with one being not at all critical and five being very critical.
Although the development approval and permitting process is ranked as the number one issue nationally, survey results illustrate regional differences. Regionally, the development approval and permitting process issue ranked number four in Region A , number three in Region B and Region E, and eighth in Region C and Region D.
For more information on the Critical Issues Survey, or to receive the full survey results, e-mail Sam Leyvas in NAHB's State & Local Political Operations department, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8584.
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