President Donald Trump issued an executive order that establishes a White House Council focused on “eliminating regulatory barriers to affordable housing.” The council is to be chaired by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson.

The order reads: “These regulatory barriers include: overly restrictive zoning and growth management controls; rent controls; cumbersome building and rehabilitation codes; excessive energy and water efficiency mandates; unreasonable maximum-density allowances; historic preservation requirements; overly burdensome wetland or environmental regulations; outdated manufactured-housing regulations and restrictions; undue parking requirements; cumbersome and time-consuming permitting and review procedures; tax policies that discourage investment or reinvestment; overly complex labor requirements; and inordinate impact or developer fees.”

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