Here's How Council Dude Eric Bunch Made Kansas City Housing Crisis Even Worse

Here's our first bit of Friday follow-up . . .

The solo conservative shares a column about a topic that has been a social media sticking point for months.

And so we quote the overview that's much nicer than online chatter and reminds us of the phrase about "good intentions" and the hot mess where they invariably lead . . .

"Kansas City already has been down this path. In 2022, the City Council adopted the 2021 IECC standards, so that as of Sept 29, 2023, “All plan and permit submissions will be required to be in full compliance with the 2021 IECC.”

"The higher costs put buying a new home out of reach for many more people. According to a March 2024 study released by NAHB, each $1,000 added to the cost of a new home prices out 747 Kansas City households. Even with HUD’s modest cost impact, that’s more than 5,300 of our potential neighbors unable to buy a new home.

"Builders understand the market: If they think they can’t earn a return, they won’t build. That is exactly what happened. For at least three months after the new standards were in place, Kansas City issued zero permits under the new code. Yet in neighboring municipalities, new housing construction continued as usual."

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