Environmental Regulations and Housing Costs

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Advance Praise for Environmental Regulations and Housing Costs
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Editorial Reviews

Member of Congress - Earl Blumenauer

"In this book, Arthur C. Nelson, John Randolph et al. provide reasoned analysis for decision-makers in the public and private sectors about the effect of environmental regulations on housing affordability. It is an invaluable contribution to those concerned with the future well-being of our families."
co-director, Institute for Urban Research, The Wharton School, University of Pen - Dr. Susan Wachter

"A must read for environmentalists and affordable housing providers alike."
president and CEO, Smart Growth America - Geoffrey Anderson

"The authors provide clear-eyed, expert consideration of the interactions between environmental regulation and housing costs, toppling long-held 'truths' as they go. Finally, policy-makers have more than rumor and innuendo to inform decision-making."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597265591
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Nelson is Presidential Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah.
John Randolph is a professor at Virginia Tech, where he directs the program in urban affairs and planning.
Joseph M. Schilling is a research professor at Virginia Tech.
Jonathan Logan is the design coordinator of the Rochester (New York) Regional Community Design Center.
James M. McElfish Jr. is director of the Sustainable Use of Land Program at the Environmental Law Institute.
Newport Partners, LLC is a consulting company based in Davidsonville, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction Housing the Next 100 Million Americans xix

.1 The Link Between Environmental Regulation and Housing Costs 1

.2 Existing Research A Review of the Literature 18

.3 Excessive Costs and a Comparison of Historical Changes in Environmental Regulations and Approval Processes 35

.4 Case Study Washington, DC, Metropolitan Region 45

.5 Key Lessons from the Case Study 107

.6 A View from the West Findings from Denver, Tucson, and Dallas 125

.7 The Benefits of Environmental Regulations and a Summary of Key Findings 165

.8 Assessment, Lessons, and Future Directions 171

Appendix A Literature Review References 185

Appendix B Chesapeake Bay Program 191

Appendix C Outline of Environmental Regulations and Review Processes in Fairfax County, Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland 203

Appendix D Special References for Cost Reduction and Best Development Practices 208

Notes 211

References and Selected Bibliography 217

Index 253

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