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Sacramento, Calif., could be poised for a building boom in the city’s Natomas area after the Federal Emergency Management Agency lifts a six-year-old restriction that shut down construction in 2008. That ban came after the Army Corps of Engineers determined that levees along the Sacramento River were not adequate to protect the area from flooding. City officials say the problem has been corrected, however, and they expect FEMA to lift the building ban this spring. Natomas had been a hotbed of construction activity prior to the ban.
 

Florida recently became the 19th state to work with the U.S. Department of Labor to shut down the illegal practice among some construction firms of misclassifying employees as independent contractors. The state Department of Revenue will share information with the federal agency about local firms that it believes are reporting employees as independent contractors to avoid paying unemployment and payroll taxes. 
 
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Some lot owners in Eliot, Maine, have been waiting for years for permission to build on their land. The town’s voters in November defeated an effort to repeal a restrictive growth ordinance so more homes could be built each year. All of 2015’s single-family building permits were awarded to the first three people in line when town offices opened 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 2. Some permit-seekers said they had camped out in front of the building for two days.
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Between 20 percent and 22 percent of New Jersey’s drinking water is lost long before it reaches consumers, according to a 2013 study by Facing Our Future, bipartisan panel of former cabinet members and senior government executives. Water infrastructure in New Jersey can be up to 100 years old, and replacing water mains would cost almost $8 billion, according to one study. Homeowners in the Garden State and a number of other states face higher water prices as a result of the aging infrastructure and years of neglect.

The new amended Ontario building code includes several provisions that improve accessibility for those with disabilities. Although most of the new accessibility code changes do not apply to single family houses, one requirement to add a visual component to smoke alarms for the assistance of the hearing impaired does pertain to this market.
 
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