New Community Design to the Rescue

Fulfilling another American dream
Source: National Governor's Association

"[New Community Design] is a powerful way to promote housing availability and a style of growth that enhances quality of life and place. The American dream has often been seen as the desire for quality housing, but increasingly it is also about the desire for community, which NCD emphasizes. However, NCD tests the willingness of governments to look beyond current approaches to zoning, financing, and land use. Innovative developers and builders, as well as real estate investors and lenders, need more equitable opportunities, in terms of government policies and regulations, if they are to profitably pursue NCD projects. More flexible zoning, fair impact fees, and smarter rehabilitation building codes can make markets operate more effectively and equitably and give Americans the choices they want."

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