Measure looks to speed up building in AZ

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

A bill at the Arizona Legislature would compel cities and towns to quicken their pace for issuing building permits for single family homes.

According to legislative summaries, House Bill 2716:

“Directs a municipality to issue a building permit required for a single-family dwelling, with exceptions, within seven business days after the applicant submits an administratively complete application if the municipality has made specified approvals. Allows construction to commence immediately if the municipality fails to issue the permit within seven business days.”

The measure has passed the Arizona House of Representatives and is now up for consideration by the state Senate.

It also comes as home builders — and home buyers — faces low supplies of new homes being built and for sale.

Real estate groups and companies — including the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, Arizona Rock Products Association and Robson Communities — support the bill.

A number of cities and towns — including Chandler, Peoria, Phoenix, Gilbert, Goodyear. Tucson and Florence — oppose the changes worrying impacts on growth as well as the workloads of their planning departments.

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