Home construction taking place Thursday April 14, 2016 at the Valencia Hills subdivision off of Bulverde Road north of Loop 1604.
John Davenport Home construction taking place Thursday April 14, 2016 at the Valencia Hills subdivision off of Bulverde Road north of Loop 1604.

The battle over fees has heated up in San Antonio with an op-ed in the San Antonio Express-News by Scott Farrimond, chairman of the Responsible Growth Alliance.

Farrimond points to rising home prices as a problem.

The San Antonio Board of Realtors reported that the average price of a local home topped $247,000 in July. The median price reached $212,500 that month. A little more than a year ago, in April 2015, the median price was just $189,300.

And he says there's one major culprit.

The rising cost of housing in San Antonio didn’t “just happen.” Years and years of relentless effort to rein in development by some in city government and others in advocacy groups have taken their toll in the form of layer upon layer of costly regulation. That toll becomes a key ingredient baked into housing costs, spiraling rents and even the cost of starting a small business.

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