Builders Worry Water Woes Will Spur Building Ban
With talk of tougher water restrictions, Raleigh builders and developers are worried about a possible moratorium on development. The city has continued to issue building permits throughout the drought.Posted — Updated
City Council Member Rodger Koopman wants the city to consider tougher restrictions at its meeting next Tuesday. The council voted last week to begin Stage 2 water restrictions this Friday.
With talk of even tougher restrictions, builders and developers are worried about a possible moratorium on development. The city has continued to issue hundreds of building permits throughout the drought.
"Should we stop construction on new development at least for a while while we figure out what's facing us?" Koopman said, is a question the City Council needs to consider.
Koopman said a building ban may be necessary if the levels at Falls Lake continue to drop.
"From a homebuilding standpoint, the word moratorium is something that makes us all shudder," said Dan Tingen, of Tingen Construction Co.
The Raleigh system serves the city and Rolesville, Zebulon, Wendell, Garner, Knightdale and Wake Forest. Last year, builders pulled more than 54,000 permits for new homes and businesses.
Raleigh had the most permits. A moratorium would put a halt to all new development in the city.
“We're now looking at the preservation of the economic viability of our region," Koopman said.
"Companies like mine that currently own lots, we've purchased lots with the expectations that we are going to be able to put homes on them and sell them. If you tell me I can't permit them, I'm essentially out of business," Tingen said.
Tingen said a building ban would not have an immediate impact on the drought because a new home can take up to eight months to build.
A rainfall outlook from the National Weather Service predicted drier-than-normal conditions across the Southeast for the next three months, Fishel said.
Copyright 2023 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.