Despite years of growing concern about drought, some good water news has emerged: The Tucson area has balanced its water pumping with recharge more than a decade ahead of schedule.
The Tucson City Council will consider today whether to allow water to be extended to the suburbs for new developments that bring good-paying jobs.
Says housing market is still sensitive to rising prices.
Says industry has benefited from delays in fee increases.
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry plans to increase roadway development impact fees by $279 for typical single-family homes starting next week.
"We have a six-year gap in new hires and training," says local residential market analyst Ginger Kneup. Above, drywaller Luis Castro was working in the garage of an A.F. Sterling house in the new Campos Adobes development near Oracle and Magee roads earlier this month.
The recovery in the local construction industry could be dampened by a shortage of skilled workers, pushing up the price of commercial and residential developments, officials say.
Mark Buerger of Patio Pools and Spas gets his company's display ready as preparations are made for today's opening of the three-day SAHBA 2013 Spring Home and Patio Show at the Tucson Convention Center.
The SAHBA Spring Home and Patio Show starts today at the Tucson Convention Center, with more than 300 participating exhibitors and vendors.
The homebuilding industry in Pima County will get two fee breaks aimed at boosting construction.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved two fee breaks Tuesday to help stimulate the homebuilding industry.
Jerry and Yvonne Simmonds tried out a memory foam bed by Visions Bedrooms as Dave Drinkwater talked to them during the SAHBA Spring Home & Patio Show on Friday. Visions Bedrooms is among 287 exhibitors in the show, which continues through Sunday.
Mike Yost, center, creator of Mancavesite.org, talked to Dale and Desiree Christensen on Friday during the SAHBA home show. Yost presents a session on making a man cave at 1 p.m. today.
This weekend's SAHBA Home & Patio Show is chock-full of exhibitors, with more than 70 percent of them representing local businesses.
Pima County will give developers a break on fees for plans and
plan extensions because so many projects are on hold due to poor