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Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development
Smart Growth America, May 2013


This report by Smart Growth America looks at the costs associated with smart growth development and conventional suburban development, as well as each strategy’s revenue potential.

Through a survey of 17 previous studies, the report finds smart growth development:

  • Costs one-third less for up-front infrastructure
  • Saves an average of ten percent on ongoing delivery of services
  • Generates ten times more tax revenue per acre than conventional suburban development

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