New subdivisions are more likely to include both detached and attached units, shared amenities and open space, and restricted access points (for example, gated communities).
When coupled with declining revenue as it competes with private express carriers and online order delivery services, it means the United States Postal Service (USPS) now favors the installation of less-expensive cluster box units over traditional door-to-door or curbside delivery in new single-family developments.
In 2012, the USPS updated its Postal Operations Manual to reflect that preference and recommends that developers and builders plan for centralized mail delivery installations during a project’s design phase.
The first step for all developers and builders: Identify your regional coordinator by emailing Delivery.Growth@usps.gov. Contact the coordinator before finalizing plans and site plats with planning and zoning authorities.
The USPS will not begin mail delivery until the regional coordinator has approved modes of delivery and box locations. However, it will work with builders, developers and owners at any stage of development if cluster box units are not feasible.
The USPS has provided NAHB with a webpage with more details about this change — and how it can be an advantage for developers and their buyers. USPS representatives will also give a presentation to the NAHB Land Development Committee before the 2018 International Builders’ Show in Orlando and plan to have a booth during the show to answer questions about the policy.
For more information on centralized delivery, please contact Claire Worshtil.