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Letter: Codes make home construction costly

Posted: July 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
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Sometimes the building department does what it is supposed to do, like tearing down structures that are a public nuisance.
There are also times when the building department throws roadblocks at regular people who are just trying to build a regular house.

A few years ago, I had to bulldoze a hill on my property. The grading work took two weeks and cost $12,000. The pile of paper required by the building department took 16 months and cost $16,000.

How many people have been priced out of home ownership because of overregulation like this?

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