Home builders have long grappled with the limitations placed on them by neighborhood architectural standards. Now an Indiana builder is fighting back.
Local home builder Arbor Homes is suing the city of Greenwood, claiming it is driving up the cost of homes with new architectural standards that include the use of more brick, larger garages, and steeper multi-tiered roofs. According to this Fox 59 report, Arbor Homes, the Indiana Builders Association and the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis are asking the court to nullify the city's new standards.
According to the lawsuit Arbor Homes began building a neighborhood back in 2013 called Briarstone. The neighborhood has modestly priced, vinyl sided homes and was under the standards the city had approved at the time. In September 2015, years after construction began; the city approved stricter architectural standards for new housing. Now, Arbor Homes says these regulations would dramatically increase the cost of the homes in Briarstone by around $20,000 and would make it very difficult for people to buy homes in the subdivision.