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

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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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