Growth Management Act (GMA) and the Lack of HousingIssue brief
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There is a lack of housing opportunities despite pouring billions of dollars into government housing and homelessness programs for years. Builders complain about slow processing times on permits, lack of buildable lots available for sale, complex government requirements, high fees, and high financing costs so building houses in some jurisdictions doesn’t provide sufficient return on investment – so they don’t build. This brief explains how the Growth Management Act impacts housing development. It’s the cumulative impact that provides the results communities see today.