Saturday, February 25, 2017

Over-Regulated Maryland About to Reinstate High Tech Septic Systems

New home builders serving the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay regions are worried once again that the state has found yet another way to curb new home construction.


The legislature is weighing whether to reinstate a regulation requiring most rural homes to come equipped with high-tech septic systems that remove nitrogen but cost about $7,500 more than traditional ones. The requirement was in effect for four years before Gov. Larry Hogan's administration reduced its scope last year to lands within 1,000 feet of tidal waters, including the Chesapeake and Atlantic coastal bays.

The most regulated state in America in which to build a new home, second only to California, this is just another one more way to raise the price of homes out of reach of the average new home buyer.

If you are a modular home builder in the central and eastern part of Maryland, you already know that if high impact fees, over-regulation by the agency that writes the rules for modular housing and high labor aren’t enough to kill modular home building, adding this huge cost to every house should just about do it.

Too bad President Trump isn’t in charge of Maryland’s Manufactured Housing agency as that swamp needs drained quickly.


Tom Hardiman said...

Gary, I think our industry has an opportunity to make our voice heard in Maryland. The current administrator is retiring this week. MHBA reached out to the new administrator and has a meeting scheduled for late March with his team as well as the Department Secretary. Its not often that the department secretary in any state sits in on these meetings. With a Governor that is much more business friendly than the last guy, we need to hold the line and roll back a few regs in Maryland.

I would ask if any builder or manufacturer has a specific issue or requirement in Maryland that adds costs and does nothing to address safety, to please send that to me as I am compiling the industry agenda for that meeting.

Its not enough to say "we're over-regulated." We need to identify specific sections of the regulations and make a compelling argument as to why we want it to go away. This is where the rubber meets the road and where we can take action to make the business climate in Maryland more favorable.

Josh Margulies said...

What else can be done besides what we are doing Tom?