Have you ever wondered why Eagle Mountain’s homes are so poorly built or why our streets and neighborhoods are often falling apart? Are the city’s builders just lazy or are the city’s inspectors incompetent? Or could it be an intentional decision by both of them to make extra money at our expense?
A couple years ago a friend of mine talked to a former Eagle Mountain City building inspector about the poor quality homes in our neighborhood and he was told that the city’s main developer has a 1998 Master Development Agreement that exempts him from building codes. Of course, this can’t be true, but if it was, it would explain a lot.
If a developer was actually exempt from the city’s building codes, he could cut all kinds of corners in order to boost his bottom line. If he could shave even 5 percent off the cost of a $150,000 home and he built 100 homes, he would make an extra $750,000 in illegal profits. Over the last 19 years our city’s developers have built about 6,000 homes. You do the math, or you can just read the following report for more details:
Building regulations are designed to protect our health and safety and no one should be exempt from following them.