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Utah’s Housing Recovery Hinges on Federal Permitting Reform

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Utah’s Housing Recovery Hinges on Federal Permitting Reform

Despite a fast pace of new-construction projects statewide, demand for housing in Utah continues to outpace supply. Local builders say reforming an outdated federal permitting process could help

March 2, 2023
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Utah is building the most new housing per capita in the country, but housing experts in the Salt Lake state say an outdated federal permitting process still creates delays that hinder new construction and lead to higher prices for homeowners and homebuyers, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Senator Mitt Romney proposed federal permitting reform in 2022, but without bipartisan support from Congress, Utah’s housing market remains overpriced and undersupplied.

Reforming the federal permitting process will help across many sectors of Utah’s economy, including expanding renewable energy projects across the state. This expansion of clean energy will benefit current and future homeowners who are struggling with high utility costs while creating a more sustainable, 21st-century energy grid. At the same time, streamlining the permitting process will help ensure critical construction projects — both planned and underway — can continue to move forward in a timely manner. 

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