Sustainable Community Planning
Selected Reports and Publications
Community Impact Model - Fiscal Impacts of Land Development
Review of the NAHB Impact Model for House Building, October 2012, by Fodor & Associates, 30 pages. This review examines the National Association of Home Builders' impact model for house construction to determine why it shows such positive fiscal impacts in spite of evidence that residential development tends to have a negative fiscal impact on local governments. PDF Copy
The Myth of Smart Growth, August 2012, commentary by Eben Fodor, 13 pages. This is a critique of the menu of otherwise sensible urban planning tools known as "smart growth" that is often presented as the solution to growth-related problems. PDF Copy
Relationship Between Growth and Prosperity in the 100 Largest U.S. Metropolitan Areas, by Eben Fodor, Economic Development Quarterly, Volume 26, Issue 3, August 2012, p. 220 - 230. Available here: http://edq.sagepub.com/content/26/3/220. This research paper is a statistical analysis examining the relationship between US Census population growth rates and federal employment, income and poverty data in metro areas representing 66% of the total US population. An earlier version of the study containing the same data and findings, but lacking a full literature review, is provided here: PDF copy (19 pages).
Cost of Infrastructure to Serve New Residential Development in Austin, Texas, January 2011, by Fodor & Associates, 77 pages. This study examines the capital cost of public facilities required to serve new residential development in Austin, including schools, roads, water, sewer, stormwater, and parks. Executive Summary and Full Report.
Study of Water & Wastewater System Costs in Austin, TX, by Fodor & Associates, November 2010. PDF copy
Report on Tax Revenue Issues in Lane County, Oregon with a focus on Urban Renewal (Tax Increment Financing) impact, February 2010. PDF copy
Fiscal and Economic Impacts of Destination Resorts in Oregon, by Fodor & Associates for Central Oregon LandWatch, March 2009, 100 pages. [Executive Summary and Full Report]
Taking Charge of Growth: An Action Plan for Great Communities, by Eben Fodor, Fodor & Associates, April 2008 Edition, 15 pages. Available for purchase.
An example of our analysis of fiscal and development issues is available from our work on a major 2500-unit project in the town of Trappe, Maryland:
BOOK: Better Not Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community By Eben V. Fodor, New Society Publishers, 1999 (updated in 2001) [More info about book]
Assessment of Statewide Growth Subsidies in Oregon, by Eben Fodor, Fodor & Associates for Alternatives to Growth Oregon, Portland, OR, February 2002, 147 pages. The 8-page Executive Summary Report is available as a pdf file.
Cost of Growth in Washington State, by Fodor & Associates for Columbia Public Interest Policy Institute, Bellevue, WA, October 2000, 64 pages. Executive summary and full report are available as pdf files.
Policy Update: Impact Fees, White Paper on Development Impact Fees by Eben Fodor for Columbia Public Interest Policy Institute, Bellevue, WA, April 2001, 9 pages. PDF copy
The Cost of Growth in Oregon: 1998 Report, by Eben Fodor, Fodor & Associates, Eugene, Oregon, October 1998. Executive Summary available as pdf file.
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