Arbor Homes has won one round in court in its battle to build affordable homes. The Indianapolis Star reports:
A Johnson County judge has issued a preliminary injunction that will allow Arbor Homes to continue building in the Briarstone neighborhood while it pursues a lawsuit against the city of Greenwood.
Arbor Homes, the Indiana Builders Association and the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis filed the lawsuit in June. It questions how much leeway cities and towns have under Indiana law to regulate how new homes look. Municipalities enact standards to ensure new housing is of consistent quality, but many builders think increasingly stringent regulations are unnecessarily driving up the price of new homes.
While builders have been pushing back against increasingly stringent standards for years, the legal wrangle stems from a disagreement between Arbor Homes and Greenwood. In 2013, Arbor Homes began building a neighborhood with modestly priced, vinyl-sided homes called Briarstone under standards the city approved at the time. In September 2015, years after construction began, the city approved stricter architectural standards for new housing that called for more brick, larger garages and steeper, multi-tiered roofs.