Accession Number: 50940
Title: Housing Cost Reduction Demonstration.
Publication Date: 12/1980
Performing Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC
Availability: HUD USER, P.O. Box 23268, Washington, DC 20026-3268; phone (800) 245-2691; fax (202) 708-9981; or TDD (800) 927-7589
Descriptors: Demonstration projects. Single family housing. Construction costs. Cost reductions. Local planning.
Abstract: This report presents the results of a demonstration project designed to test how to reduce the cost of single - family housing units using local government regulations as the only variable. The demonstration was concerned only with the effect of zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and building codes on the cost of housing. The concept behind the demonstration was to ask the builder / developer to be creative and to design the site and the buildings to meet contemporary architectural, engineering, and site planning standards. The local governments were asked to permit minor deviations from existing regulations to permit the builders' innovations. They were also requested to provide expedited processing and to determine how rapidly reviews could be completed to enable construction to start as rapidly as possible. A limited demonstration in the following four locations was conducted: Hayward, Calif.; Shreveport, La.; Allegheny County, Pa.; and Clark County, Wash. Cost savings are noted for all sites. In Shreveport, the demonstration consisted of townhouses located on three inner - city sites. The builder estimates that about $15,000 was saved per unit, representing a 21 - percent reduction in cost from the comparable $70,000 unit that would be built with conventional processing times. The demonstration in Hayward included 58 townhouse units at a single location. The developer estimates cost savings ranging from $26,500 to $32,500 on the various kinds of housing units. Cost savings are also noted for Allegheny County and Clark County. Tabular data and drawings are included.