By Benita M. Dodd
Housing needs, trends and designs change constantly. Through the years, homebuilders have learned to meet the needs, wants and pocketbooks of homebuyers while innovating and adapting to meet changing standards for safety, land use and environmental protection.
Now, however, elected officials are changing that dynamic. Local governments are stifling innovation, mandating aesthetics and materials, restricting designs and layouts, all while infringing upon the rights of private property owners.
This week (February 20), the Georgia House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee narrowly approved a bill
that would prohibit local governments from imposing “architectural ordinances” on new home construction. It must make its way through the Legislature.
Consider the enormous differences among the Sears kit home, Craftsman bungalow,…