Bill would make N.H. follow local building rules

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A proposed bill in the New Hampshire Legislature would require state and local governments to follow the same rules as private developers of new buildings.

When a private business wants to build something, it must follow rules on things ranging from building heights to the size of the parking lot, according to reports. But the state, cities, towns and school districts currently are exempt from such rules.

Rep. Katherine Rogers, a Concord Democrat, says she's pushing the bill because she doesn't think it's fair to impose rules on private parties that don't also apply to government agencies.

But not everyone sees an urgent need. Todd Selig, town administrator in Durham, says the town and University of New Hampshire have generally worked well together when reviewing projects.


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