Understanding Smart Growth Savings: Evaluating Economic Savings and Benefits of Compact Development, and How They Are Misrepresented By Critics

How communities develop can have many direct and indirect impacts. Smart growth policies, which result in more compact, multimodal development, reduce per capita land consumption and the distances between common destinations, which reduces the costs of providing public infrastructure and services, improves accessibility and reduces per capita motor vehicle travel, which in turn provides economic, social and environmental benefits. This report examines these impacts. It defines smart growth and its alternative, sprawl, summarizes current research concerning their costs and benefits, investigates consumer preferences, and evaluates smart growth criticisms. This report should be useful to anybody involved in development policy analysis.

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    • Todd Alexander Litman © 2004-2015. This report is periodically updated. The document link is to the latest version.
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    Victoria Transport Policy Institute

    1250 Rudlin Street
    Victoria, British Columbia  Canada  V8V 3R7
  • Authors:
    • Litman, Todd
  • Publication Date: 2015-5-28


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 47p

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  • Accession Number: 01579896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2015 9:28AM