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VARD staff publish “Arrested Developments”

VARD staff publish “Arrested Developments”

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It is possible to resuscitate “Zombie subdivisions” – the living dead of the real estate market – but the far better policy is to prevent the phenomenon in the first place, say Jim Holway, Don Elliott, and Anna Trentadue, authors of Arrested Developments: Combating Zombie Subdivisions and Other Excess Entitlements.  This is the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s latest Policy Focus Report, available for free downloading.  Key findings and case studies are also excerpted in Lincoln’s January issue of Land Lines.

Produced in conjunction with the Sonoran Institute and Valley Advocates for Responsible Development, “Arrested Developments” draws on case studies and lessons learned from other communities to provide tools and best practices for cities and counties struggling with distressed subdivisions.   Although the research focuses on the eight U.S. Intermountain West states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—the policy recommendations and best practices are applicable nationwide.

Since its release yesterday, “Arrested Developments” has received national coverage from the Denver Post, the Sacramento BeePlanetizen, the Utah Business Journal, and Next City.

About the authors:

  • Jim Holway, Ph.D., FAICP, is the director of Western Lands and Communities, the Lincoln Institute’s joint program with the Sonoran Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He also is a local elected official, representing Maricopa County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.
  • Don Elliott, FAICP, is a land use lawyer, city planner, and a director at Clarion Associates in Denver, Colorado.
  • Anna Trentadue is the staff attorney for Valley Advocates for Responsible Development in Driggs, Idaho.

This is VARD’s third Lincoln publication.  In 2010, Trentadue and former VARD employee and attorney Christopher Lundberg published Subdivision in the Intermountain West.  Then in 2012, Trentadue wrote an in-depth analysis of the tools and policies utilized to address Teton County’s large inventory of premature and obsolete subdivisions.  Written as a “lessons learned” paper, Addressing Excess Development Entitlements gives a historical perspective on how Teton County’s present oversupply of subdivision lots came to be, and what public policies and tools have been implemented to address these issues.

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