David Weber, Policy Analyst
On June 25, President Trump issued an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing. Chaired by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, the Council is tasked to identify laws, regulations, and administrative practices that hinder and/or increase the cost of housing development and to take actions to reduce or remove such barriers. The task includes not just federal, but also state and local laws, regulations, and agencies. See the accompanying box listing membership and other essential facts about the Council.
At the federal level, the Council will attempt to identify and implement changes in all federal agencies that would reduce or remove barriers to housing development. At the state and local level, the Council will attempt to identify changes that will reduce or remove barriers, and to “encourage” those state and local governments to reduce or remove those barriers. Although not identified in the executive order, such ‘encouragement’ could come through a variety of incentives or penalties under federal programs that would reward states and localities that make recommended changes, and/or penalize those that do not.
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