Youngsville tightens home building restrictions

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A recent class action lawsuit against a building contractor in Youngsville has caught the attention of city officials.

Now the city has tightened the minimum requirements for future homes under construction.

Mayor Ken Ritter wants to make it abundantly clear that this action was not in direct response to the ongoing DR Horton lawsuit. However, he says it is to protect the future of the city’s infrastructure and the quality of residential buildings.

“With this order, it takes it a step further and really starts to look at our vertical building standards. So not just new developments for the neighborhoods, but also what the construction of the building looks like,” said Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter.

Ritter says there are homes built in the area without stable building materials. This ordinance will ensure that future builds will be much more stable.

“There is at least one local builder who I understand was also building instead of using 7/16 plywood to cover the house, there is a state-approved substitute material. So this product that you can still use in Youngsville. It just needs to be in addition to seven-sixteenth plywood now,” Ritter said.

Here’s what the order will cover.

“Three things: first, we’re setting a new local standard for the composition of a home’s exterior cladding; second, we’re making sure that air conditioning duct testing is done in the presence of a local estate inspector and not just signed turned off and self-inspected by the air conditioning contractor And then thirdly, we prescribe through this ordinance the rated load of the attics must be for our storage,” Ritter said.

The ordinance will also ensure that homes in the future can properly manage the region’s humidity and withstand hurricane-force winds.

“We feel we have an obligation to ensure this has been done to the best possible standard.”

Currently, the ordinance is in effect and will apply to new building permits. If you have any questions, contact Youngsville City Hall at 337-856-4181.

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