Breaking Ground: Planning and Building in Priority Growth Districts

Real Estate Law Journal, Vol. 37, p. 90, 2008

23 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009  

John R. Nolon

Pace University School of Law

Jessica A. Bacher

Land Use Law Center

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

It is now understood that compact, mixed use development prevents the ill effects of sprawl and can mitigate climate change significantly. There is an innovative land use technique that can be used by communities to manage and define future growth in a way that provides for such developments and creates more livable places, places that are environmentally, socially, and fiscally sound. Specifically, a community may create Priority Growth Districts, or PGDs, and thereby direct development to selected locations and also specify design standards that meet the needs of the community's current and future residents. Priority Growth Districts are called Planned Unit Developments, Planned Residential Developments, Traditional Neighborhood Developments, and a variety of other terms in local zoning codes. The authors prefer the term "Priority Growth District" to support compact, mixed use developments at moderate densities because it expresses an underlying policy of critical importance in our time. The policy is that land use planning and regulation need not support development in all parts of the community but can and should designate priority zoning districts for the absorption of most of the organic population and economic growth.

Suggested Citation

Nolon, John R. and Bacher, Jessica A., Breaking Ground: Planning and Building in Priority Growth Districts (2008). Real Estate Law Journal, Vol. 37, p. 90, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489608

John R. Nolon (Contact Author)

Pace University School of Law ( email )

78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
United States

Jessica A. Bacher

Land Use Law Center ( email )

78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
United States

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