The U.S Postal Service wants to impose a longer walk to the mailbox on residents of new neighborhoods, requiring “cluster” boxes in a single location, similar to those in apartment complexes.
In the wake of pushback from developers, realtors and homebuyers, U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett, R-TN, wants to keep mailboxes at the end of individual driveways of single-family homes.
A UPS truck drives past the Emory Brooke subdivision on Oct. 30, 2018. The subdivision uses cluster mailboxes rather than traditional mailboxes for deliveries.
Last month he filed the Easy Access to Mail Act, which would require the USPS to get permission from the local legislative body, city councils or county commissions, to place cluster mailboxes in communities and would prohibit the USPS from retroactively changing a neighborhood that doesn’t already have clustered mailboxes.