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Homebuilders' group critical of new Clive construction rules

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A homebuilders' group is warning that new rules in the Des Moines suburb of Clive aimed at preventing excessive stormwater runoff could send the cost of home construction soaring and slow development.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2fpH8H3 ) that Clive's new runoff requirements seek to reduce the volume of water entering Walnut Creek from new construction sites, with the goal to slow down flooding and control erosion along the creek's banks.

But the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines estimates the standards could add $15,000 to the price of an average new home lot.

Executive Officer Dan Knoup says data show builders lose 3,126 buyers for every $1,000 added to the price of a home.

A $15,000 jump, he says, will amount to about 45,000 buyers priced out.

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