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Kent County Still In Need of Some Additional Information for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan

From: Michele Green <Michele.Green@CO.KENT.DE.US>
Date: January 11, 2017 at 10:31:43 AM EST
Subject: Kent County Comprehensive Plan Survey Part 2

Hello!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the original 2018 Comprehensive Plan survey.  We received a total of 536 responses and the information is invaluable in developing the Plan.

In an effort to drill down on some of the topics included in the original survey we’ve developed a very brief 10 question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CompPlan_2

It will only take a few minutes to complete and the results will help ensure the community’s priorities are clear.

And if you haven’t responded already, our 3 question survey regarding how public funds should be spent is also open: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/publicfunds

The Planning Services Department very much appreciates the time everyone has taken to provide input and hope for your continued participation as we develop the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KCLCPlanning/, at our website at http://co.kent.de.us/planning-dept/planning/comprehensive-plan.aspx, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KCPlanning.

We encourage you to pass this on to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues as well.

Thank you!

Builder and Remodeler Education Conference & Awards Luncheon

Home Builders Association of Delaware is excited to announce their first Builder and Remodeler Education Conference (BREC) & Awards Luncheon!

BREC is a 1-day Conference focused on the Building and Remodeling industry including educational and informative seminars for industry professionals,  exhibition of new and different products, and awards program recognizing the accomplishments of our peers.

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When & Where

The Outlook at the Duncan Center
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
500 Lookerman Street
Dover, DE 19904

Be sure to checkout our website & Facebook Page:

http://www.hbade.org/brec.html

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Check our website and Facebook page often for updates!

 

 

Kent County Needs Some Additional Information for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan

From: Michele Green <Michele.Green@CO.KENT.DE.US>
Date: January 11, 2017 at 10:31:43 AM EST
Subject: Kent County Comprehensive Plan Survey Part 2

Hello!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the original 2018 Comprehensive Plan survey.  We received a total of 536 responses and the information is invaluable in developing the Plan.

In an effort to drill down on some of the topics included in the original survey we’ve developed a very brief 10 question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CompPlan_2

It will only take a few minutes to complete and the results will help ensure the community’s priorities are clear.

And if you haven’t responded already, our 3 question survey regarding how public funds should be spent is also open: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/publicfunds

The Planning Services Department very much appreciates the time everyone has taken to provide input and hope for your continued participation as we develop the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KCLCPlanning/, at our website at http://co.kent.de.us/planning-dept/planning/comprehensive-plan.aspx, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KCPlanning.

We encourage you to pass this on to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues as well.

Thank you!

ULI’S Delaware Regional Satelite Council Presents: Fostering Economic Growth for Delaware’s Future – February 21, 2017

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The Strength of NAHB in Defending Tax Breaks for Homeownership!

Click here to read a reprint of an article showing the strength of NAHB in defending tax breaks for homeownership.

Noble’s Pond Wins 2017 Best of 55+ Housing National Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Contact:

Anne Monaghan
Monaghan Communications
830.997.0963

Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, LEED AP and Principal
KTGY Architecture + Planning
310.439.3951

KTGY-designed Noble’s Pond, Sydney Plan in Dover Wins 2017 Best of 55+ Housing Award

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Noble’s Pond, Sydney Plan in Dover, Delaware, designed by KTGY, received a Silver Award in the category of Best 55+ Detached Home On The Boards at the 2017 Best of 55+ Housing Awards held at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida. The award, presented by NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council, was announced at the event’s 25th Anniversary Awards ceremony held on January 10, 2017.

KTGY was hired to redesign Noble’s Pond existing floor plans and elevations to improve sales. The new plan is larger, although it still fits on the original lot size. The redesigned floor plan includes many features that cater to the 55+ home buyer. The living space is forward with a generous front porch standard, a large foyer space, a dedicated owner entry area with a drop zone situated in a concealed entry from the garage, and extra workshop/craft space in the garage, optioning as storage or as an extension to the master walk-in closet. The plan also features a spacious rear deck or an optional four-season room, a den or optional third bedroom for a home office, guests or grandkids. There is a convenient pass-thru from the master bath to the laundry and a stair for an optional attic, loft or basement. The new elevations utilize highly-pitched gable roofs, dormers, decorative porch posts, standing seam metal accents, brick, decorative shutters and trim/cornice details to enhance the homes’ curbside appeal.

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Additionally, KTGY-designed Griffin Plaza­ in Simi Valley, California received the Gold Award for Best 55+ Independent Living Community On The Boards and a special Innovation Award. Also, Sierra Bloom in Scottsdale, Arizona received a Silver Award for Best Assisted Living/Special Needs Community On The Boards; and The Georgian Lakeside in Roswell, Georgia­ received a Silver Award in the category of Best Assisted Living/Special Needs Community.

For more information about Noble’s Pond, see www.noblespondhomes.com

About KTGY Architecture + Planning
Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Call 888.456.KTGY or visit www.ktgy.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube

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ADDITIONAL MEDIA CONTACT:

Mary Field, Vice President

The Villages of Noble’s Pond

13 Noble’s Pond Crossing

Dover, DE  19904

Office: 302.736.5000

Toll Free: 888.222.0030

Cell: 302.363.5934

Fax: 302.736.5290

Email: mfield@noblespondhomes.com

Website: www.noblespondhomes.com

 

Anne Monaghan
MONAGHAN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
anne@MonaghanPR.com
830.997.0963

Buyers Prefer Amenities Over Size in New Homes, Survey Shows

The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 – a sign that the home building industry is preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers as millennials begin to dip their toes into the market, according to research and survey results released today by NAHB.

In 2015, the typical new home had 2,689 square feet. In 2016, it dropped to 2,634, U.S. Census data show. That’s the first drop in size since 2009, said Rose Quint, NAHB’s assistant vice president for survey research.

“The data on new home characteristics show a pattern,” she said. “2016 marked the end of an era that began in 2009 when homes got bigger and bigger with more amenities. I expect the size of homes to continue to decline as demand increases from first-time buyers.”

These homes must include specific amenities: Just as in 2015, a separate laundry room tops the list of must-haves across all income groups. Energy-efficient features like low-E windows, Energy Star-rated appliances, ceiling fans and programmable thermostats are also at the top of buyers’ wish lists. Home buyers also want their homes to include a patio, exterior lighting and a full bath on the main level.

Not as popular among buyers in 2017: cork flooring and solar and geothermal energy, as well as features such as pet-washing stations, outdoor kitchens and sunrooms. “Builders are not going to include them in the average home,” Quint said.

A majority of home buyers prefer a new home to an existing one, and 65% want that home to be in the suburbs. Size preference goes up as income goes up, with buyers in the $150,000-plus income bracket preferring homes just under 2,500 square feet. No matter what the income, buyers overwhelmingly prefer a smaller house with more features and amenities over sheer size. “More than two-thirds are willing to trade size for high-quality products and features,” Quint said.

New research from Better Homes & Gardens targets a subset of these home owners: “First Millennials,” those between the ages of 22-39 who have purchased their first home.

These buyers generally purchase older housing stock in need of fixing up, said executive editor Jill Waage, which means “88% of them are very interested in learning about home improvement and repair.” They don’t want to spend too much money, and they are willing to compromise on high-quality products and finishes, saving them for their next home. “They’re scarred,” from the recent economic downturn, “but they aren’t scared.”

Surrounded by a culture that watches home improvement reality shows and how-to videos on social media – and remembering their parents’ experiences in the Great Recession – First Millennials overwhelmingly prefer do-it-yourself projects, said Waage, even if they ultimately have to turn it over to a professional to complete.

Watching these shows, seeing what’s shared on social media and learning from the experiences of their friends and neighbors working on similar fixer-uppers inspires these young families to get out not only their paint brushes and hammers but even their mitre saws and other specialty equipment – and to work on these projects together. And they aren’t just making home improvements, Waage said. “They’re creating a style, a statement – decorating and remodeling at the same time.”

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While elaborate outdoor rooms are beyond most millennials’ means, this gorgeous BALA award-winning space is one to aspire to. Photography by Tim Burleson.

Amenities for outside living continue to be popular and increasingly include “she sheds,” stand-alone buildings from a kit or built onsite to be used for outdoor entertaining, crafting, reading or just to get away, Waage said. “Seventy-five percent of millennials want relaxing outdoor spaces,” and vegetable gardens, fences and decks top their list of projects.

But it’s all about value, as this group thinks ahead to building equity to enable them to purchase their next home. And when that happens, they aren’t looking for oversized master suites or over-the-top finishes. They want mud rooms, that important separate laundry room, and plenty of gathering space. “This generation likes being together. They don’t want to be separate,” Waage said.

 

The NAHB Home Buyer Preferences survey is available from BuilderBooks.

Kent County Asking for Some Additional Information for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan

From: Michele Green <Michele.Green@CO.KENT.DE.US>
Date: January 11, 2017 at 10:31:43 AM EST
Subject: Kent County Comprehensive Plan Survey Part 2

Hello!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the original 2018 Comprehensive Plan survey.  We received a total of 536 responses and the information is invaluable in developing the Plan.

In an effort to drill down on some of the topics included in the original survey we’ve developed a very brief 10 question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CompPlan_2

It will only take a few minutes to complete and the results will help ensure the community’s priorities are clear.

And if you haven’t responded already, our 3 question survey regarding how public funds should be spent is also open: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/publicfunds

The Planning Services Department very much appreciates the time everyone has taken to provide input and hope for your continued participation as we develop the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KCLCPlanning/, at our website at http://co.kent.de.us/planning-dept/planning/comprehensive-plan.aspx, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KCPlanning.

We encourage you to pass this on to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues as well.

Thank you!

Poll Outlines Sustainable Stormwater Management Barriers

Home builders would be much more likely to adopt low-impact or more sustainable stormwater management practices if local jurisdictions offered fast-track permitting or other incentives for installing them.

But first these jurisdictions must have a working knowledge of green infrastructure practices and how they work. Many don’t, according to a recent NAHB poll of home builders, green building verifiers and others interested in sustainable land development practices.

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Low-impact development includes conservation methods such as installing rain gardens, permeable pavements and any other features that make it easier for rainwater carrying pollutants to be reabsorbed into soil rather than funneled into a storm sewer, potentially causing health and safety problems downstream for treatment.

While 17% percent of respondents with experience installing green infrastructure say that technical issues are the biggest impediment to going green on a particular project, 68% say the issue has more to do with administrative or regulatory constraints. Because it isn’t widely implemented, the average regulator doesn’t have the necessary experience or knowledge of installation of green practices to know what works and what doesn’t, respondents say.

And because these regulators are much more familiar with traditional stormwater management solutions such as dry detention basins, some cities require that the developer install both — a redundancy that costs more money and defeats the purpose.

“I think some of this is rooted in the fear of the unknown,” said Martha Rose, principal of Martha Rose Construction in Seattle. Rose discussed the results of the survey with members of the NAHB Environmental Issues Committee’s education and research subcommittee during the International Builders’ Show.

“While many jurisdictions are getting up to speed, there is a learning curve both with people who administer the rules and those who install the systems. But it’s not rocket science,” she said.

Some of the jurisdictions where Rose builds her homes offer incentives, such increasing the number of allowable lots in a project, to encourage the use of low-impact development techniques. Any additional costs are offset by the increased density.

Depending on the location, topography and soil type, low-impact techniques can be less expensive that traditional curb-and-gutter development and large stormwater drainage ponds. Sometimes, a series of solutions work better than a single way to accomplish stormwater management — which is why more flexibility is important. “The way the rules are set up doesn’t acknowledge the wide diversity of sites — it’s all black and white,” she said.

Ninety-two respondents from more than 30 states participated in the poll, which was sent in late November 2016. They included home builders, developers, environmental consultants and National Green Building Standard verifiers.

For additional information, contact Eva Birk at 800-362-5242 x8124. Learn more about stormwater at nahb.org/stormwater.

 

 

75th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off

NAHB’s International Builders’ Show officially opened today at the Orange County Convention Center, where thousands of builders, remodelers, developers, exhibitors and other industry professionals will convene for the three-day tradeshow in Orlando.

Every show is special, but this year’s event also marks the beginning of NAHB’s year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary. As the association commemorate’s this historic milestone, NAHB would like to know how members, their companies and local and state HBAs have made a positive impact over the last 75 years.

In between the networking, learning and walking — lots of walking — IBS attendees are encouraged to take a minute and stop by NAHB HQ in the Exhibit Hall (Booth W4842) to share their personal milestones and achievements. While there, members can pick up a free commemorative 75th anniversary t-shirt.

Not attending IBS? You’ll be missed, but NAHB still wants to hear your stories. Email nahb75@nahb.org with a brief description and images. You may end up being a part of the 75th anniversary celebration timeline.For more information about the 75th anniversary, visit nahb.org/75years or contact Camilo Cuba at 800-368-5242 x8437.

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