How single-family developers are navigating local historic preservation committees

The New York Times chronicles two recent efforts by smaller developers in New York state to bypass local historic preservation commissions, which, in many areas, serve as a key time and cost impediment to new construction. As the 2022 Swanepoel Trends Report outlined, new construction remains one of the key relief valves to creating a more balanced market and local regulations, like those offered by historic preservation commissions, add costs and delays to these projects. This article provides an example of how these issues are being navigated on the ground.