Phoenix building restrictions squeeze construction firms and agents

A ban on residential building permits in parts of the Phoenix area is angering builders and agents, who feel it may curb the supply of affordable housing.

“Our main concern on the implication of the model that was released is housing affordability,” Spencer Kamps, the vice president of legislative affairs at the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA), which serves homebuilders in Maricopa County, said. “Effectively, what we have created is growth boundaries.” 

In early June, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) announced that it was denying any new certificates of Assured Water Supply (AWS) in the Phoenix Active Management Area (AMA), which encompasses all of Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County, for a total of 5,646 square miles and home to 4.6 million residents. In certain parts of the Phoenix AMA that do not have a designated water provider, builders and developers need a certificate of AWS to obtain a building permit. 

Arizona sees the ban as a precautionary measure to curb the effects of climate change, as it will limit the number of new residential p …

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