Land Development

For more than three decades, California home builders have battled their state’s peculiar application of strict product liability laws to housing construction. Now, a new case has many wondering if they will forever…
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Having long ago stopped being seen as simply providers of "trailer" homes, the manufactured housing industry has made huge strides during the past two decades. With designs that mirror conventional stick-built homes…

A California developer agreed last month to pay $9 million to settle a construction defect lawsuit rather than go to trail.

Dennis Sullivan, president of Philden Land Corp., said his firm agreed to settle because…

As the topic of suburban sprawl and anti-growth legislation heats up with the upcoming federal elections, the Sierra Club recently released its second annual report on sprawl.

 

Over the last 20 years, most of the infill development in the city of Portland, Ore. has consisted of garage-dominated row houses. The city council recently enacted legislation that has effectively outlawed any new…

The Portland city government’s official position is their new base zone design standards are a response to past construction standards that have negatively impacted the livability and safety of surrounding…

An important provision of tax legislation recently passed by Congress would expand funding for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, spurring the creation of 28,000 additional units of affordable rental…

In what some have called a landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court has braced individual property owners’ rights over government regulation. In a 5-4 vote, the Court upheld lower court rulings in the case of City of…
Builders and developers have been winning arguments before the Supreme Court for several years now, each time building on the legal ground of their previous victory. Gus Bauman has been involved in nearly every one, and…
Since the accessibility guidelines of the Fair Housing Act were issued in 1991, NAHB has made concerted efforts to educate members about their obligation to comply with the requirements. Nevertheless, there is still…
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