24 CFR 941.203 - Design and construction standards.

§ 941.203 Design and construction standards.
(a) Physical structures shall be designed, constructed and equipped so as to improve or harmonize with the neighborhoods they occupy, meet contemporary standards of modest comfort and liveability, promote security, and be attractive and marketable to the people they are intended to serve. Building design and construction shall strive to encourage in residents a proprietary sense, whether or not homeownership is intended or contemplated.
(b) Projects must comply with:
(1) A national building code, such as Uniform Building Code, Council of American Building Officials Code, or Building Officials Conference of America Code;
(2) Applicable State and local laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations; and
(3) Other Federal requirements, including any Federal fire-safety requirements and HUD minimum property standards (e.g., 24 CFR part 200, subpart S, and § 941.208).
(c) Projects for families with children shall consist to the maximum extent practicable of low-density housing (e.g., non-elevator structures, scattered sites or other types of low-density developments appropriate in the community).
(d) High-rise elevator structures shall not be provided for families with children regardless of density, unless the PHA demonstrates and HUD determines that there is no practical alternative. High-rise buildings for the elderly may be used if the PHA demonstrates and HUD determines that such construction is appropriate, taking into consideration land costs, the safety and security of the prospective occupants, and the availability of community services.
[61 FR 38017, July 22, 1996]
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