Ask the editor: How does the state's new building material law affect Richardson?

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Local ordinances implemented to preserve the visual character of residential and commercial buildings were voided when Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2439 into law June 14.

As of Sept. 1, government entities cannot enforce building material standards stricter than those set by the national building code, according to a bill analysis by the House Research Organization.

For Richardson, HB 2439 nullifies portions of its comprehensive zoning ordinance, including a piece that requires residential and commercial buildings to have at least 75% and 85% masonry, respectively.

Richardson Development Services Director Michael Spicer said developers now have discretion over which building materials they use. They can also change material plans once they have been approved by the city; however, such changes may still be subject to obtaining permits or plan amendments, Spicer said.
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By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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