Local Gov't Permitting & Regulations Reform

permitting-reform-tppf2017 Special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott began July 18, 2017.
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Now through Election Day, Tues., 11/7/2017, is when your legislators are MOST attentive to your concerns.
Be sure to let your legislators know your stance on this issue during Special Session this July - August!

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Texas Public Policy Fdn (TPPF)

TPPF's 2017-18 Legislator's Guide to the Issues: Special Session Edition, Property Rights and the Local Government Permitting Process. (July 10, 2017).

Affordable Housing Starts with Private Property Rights by Kathleen Hunker, Texas Public Policy Foundation (Nov. 2015).

Private Property Interrupted by Kathleen Hunker, Texas Public Policy Foundation (July 2014) .

Time to Defend Our Property Rights by Bryan Mathew, Texas Public Policy Foundation (April 2017).

Building a More Affordable Texas by Kathleen Hunker, Texas Public Policy Foundation (Jan. 2016).

Here’s what business owners have to say about city, county permitting processes” by Danica Smithwick, Community Impact Newspaper (May 19, 2017).

Quantifying the Impacts of Regulatory Delay on Housing Affordability and Quality in Austin, Texas by Megan Elizabeth Shannon, University of Texas at Austin (May 2015).

Zucker Final Report by Paul Zucker, City of Austin (April 2015).

Austin renters face soaring costs in ‘extraordinary market’” by Marty Toohey, Austin American Statesman (May 3, 2014).

Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act Guidelines, Attorney General of Texas.

 Excerpts from: TPPF's 2017  Legislator's Guide to the Issues: Special Session Edition

Local Permitting & Regulations Reform
Combines Ending Regulations Changes after Construction Begins & Permitting Reform.

 Property Rights and the Local Government Permitting Process

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The Facts

•  Meeting unnecessary criteria for the permitting process causes large delays of up to 6 months for businesses in certain municipalities.

•  A report done in 2015 found that in Austin regulatory delay adds an average of 3.5 months to the already 4 month long approval process.

•  Austin is a very popular city to move to and because of significant regulatory delays in the Austin permit review process, which stifles the production of new housing,
“between 2004 and 2013 average rents in the Austin area increased by 50% while median incomes increased by just 9%.”

•  According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), a nation-wide survey of hundreds of single-family home builders found that government regulations represented 25 percent of unit’s final sales price.

•   The Texas Real Private Property Rights Preservation Act, in Section 2007.002, allows property owners to seek compensation for any government action that reduces the market value of private property by 25 percent or more.


•  Reduce the regulatory burden that local municipalities like Austin have on businesses and building by lowering the time for approval and certain code requirements for permits.

•  Prohibit municipal and county governments from imposing new regulations or requirements after property owners have acquired the necessary permits and permission to begin development or construction.

•  The Texas Real Private Property Rights Preservation Act should be amended to apply to municipal actions relating to the permitting process.

Read the entire article: 2017-18 Legislator's Guide to the Issues: Special Session Edition