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Foes of Lakewood growth-control initiative come out with dukes up

Growth-control proposals would rein in residential construction, like these units at Lakewood’s Belmar redevelopment. (via YouTube)
The Lakewood city clerk swept aside legal challenges Monday to a growth-control initiative that likely will face voters in the west Denver metro suburb this fall, so the fight is on. And critics of the measure have come out swinging. Cassie Tanner of Lakewood United for Responsible Growth, which was organized to fight the initiative, issued a blistering press statement following the clerk’s decision:

“ “Whether or not this 14-page, 4,800-word ticking time bomb of unintended consequences can legally appear on the ballot is debatable question. But there is no debating the fact that this Boulder-style anti-growth ordinance will make it more expensive for working families and seniors to live in Lakewood. And it will be a bonanza for the lawyers and the lobbyists who will be needed to navigate the arcane new permitting system.

Tomorrow Lakewood United for Responsible Growth is launching a digital ad campaign against the anti-growth ballot measure, featuring Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul, public school teacher Christine Wiggins, WestFax Brewing’s Anthony Martuscello and others.

There is a rising wave of opposition to this measure, from across the community and across the political spectrum.”
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Hyperloop One names 4 potential US routes
Hyperloop One has selected 10 routes — including four in the U.S. — as part of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge, according to the company. It wants to have three full-scale systems operational by 2021.

Officials issued an open invitation to public and private groups in May 2016 to develop a plan for a hyperloop system in their respective localities. The company will now allocate resources to each team to determine the top three commercially viable routes. The U.S. winners are Cheyenne, WY–Denver–Pueblo, CO; Chicago–Columbus, OH–Pittsburgh; Miami–Orlando, FL; and Dallas–Houston.

Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation are planning a public-private partnership to study viability of the high-speed transportation system. AECOM, which built a hyperloop test track for Elon Musk's SpaceX, is involved with five of the 10 winning routes.... Read more...

Kicking Off Professional Women in Building Week 2017
Today marks the start of NAHB’s second annual Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week, a national celebration of the contributions of women in the residential construction industry. We previously shared some simple ways that members and HBAs can support housing and women in the industry in your local community this week.

Each day this week, NAHB BuilderBooks is giving away one copy of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home. This invaluable resource is written by PWB member Marla Esser Cloos, who is donating proceeds of her book to benefit the NAHB PWB Building Hope Scholarship Fund. Simply complete the entry form for an opportunity to win. You only need to enter once to qualify.

We’ll also feature a daily post highlighting the impact of women in our industry – past, present and future.... Read more...

2017 HAP Award voting is underway!
Associate Members: Have you voted for your favorite builders to win the HAP Award?   The HBA will once again present with the HAP (Homebuilder and Associates in Partnership) Awards at the General Membership Meeting on October 24th, and we need the help of the associate members to do it! ... Read more...

Starved For Workers, Colorado Construction Is Plugging The Gap With An Academy

Shimai Hunter works on a 2"x4" at the Colorado Homebuilding Academy. She wants to get into the construction industry in hopes of better pay and a more flexible schedule.
Michael Sakas/CPR News
Houses along the Front Range can’t be built fast enough. Part of the problem is a booming population. There’s also a shortage of construction workers to get the job done. The Colorado Homebuilding Academy is an effort to get more people to work. People like Shimai Hunter.

“I don’t have any construction experience,” Hunter says. “I actually come from a case management background.”

No experience? No problem. The core of the program — what director Michael Smith calls their textbook — is half of a two-story house, most of its guts still exposed, standing in a warehouse near Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. The space around the house is littered with sawhorses and workstations. Hunter says the program was intimidating at first.... Read more...

Arguments begin in marathon court hearing over Lakewood growth

Growth-control proposals would rein in residential construction, like these units at Lakewood’s Belmar redevelopment. (via YouTube)
The opening salvo in the court fray over a Lakewood ballot initiative aimed at curtailing city growth turned into a six-hour marathon hearing late last week.

The Lakewood Sentinel’s Clarke Reader detailed the second day of administrative hearings which dragged on over half a dozen hours on Thursday and took testimony from 44 “petitioners, circulators and notaries, about the process leading to getting enough signatures to put the initiative before city council or on the ballot in November.”

The court battle started after citizens group Lakewood Neighborhood Partnerships (LNP) canvassed the city, gathering petition signatures in support of a 1 percent annual limit on residential growth. The group’s proposal would also establish... Read more...

There’s Still Time to Save on Builders’ Show Registration

Those who snooze, typically lose. But if you happened to “hit the snooze button” on August registration — and the savings that came with it — for the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), do not despair.

Organizers have decided to extend those incredible August deals to all who register by Sept. 15. That means there is still time for NAHB members to obtain a free expo pass (non-members save 50%) and save $100 on a full registration. Additionally, spouse registration is free before the Sept. 15 deadline.... Read more...

Time to Build a Single-Family Home in 2016
The 2016 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7.5 months, which usually includes almost a month from authorization to start and another 6.5 months to finish the construction. The timeline from authorization to completion, however, which is not consistent across the nation, depends on the housing category, the geographic location, and metropolitan status.

Among all the single-family houses completed in 2016, houses built for sale took the shortest time, 7 months to completion after obtaining building permits, while houses built by owners required the longest time, 13 months. Homes built for rent took 10 months from permit to completion, and those built by hired contractors normally needed around 9 months. A large proportion of single-family ... Read more...

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