Considers the effects of environmental legislation on housing affordability, toppling long-held 'truths'. Intended for public officials, planners and engineers, housing developers and community activists in the USA, many of the points made will be useful to people in the same situations here.
Many communities across the US still lack affordable housing. And many officials continue to claim that `affordable housing' is an oxymoron. Building inexpensively is impossible, they say, because there are too many regulations. Required environmental impact statements and habitat protection laws, they contend, drive up the costs of construction. But is this actually true? In a comprehensive study of the question, the authors of this eye-opening book separate fact from myth.