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Urban and regional planning

ECONorthwest has been helping cities and regions plan for the future for over three decades.

Eighty percent of the U.S. population lives in cities. Cities and regions are usually the most appropriate scale for thinking about many types of public policy: land use and development, infrastructure, economic development, environmental quality, and social services and equity. In broad terms, the private sector generates growth, and the public sector takes actions to accommodate, encourage, and manage that growth.

ECONorthwest began its planning work 35 years ago with the Oregon planning program. We have completed dozens of planning projects for cities to help them comply with state requirements. Our training in economic and statistical methods has often made us the independent evaluators and facilitators in controversial debates about land use policy:

  • Do urban growth boundaries reduce or increase affordable housing?
  • Why are centers and corridors not developing at the higher densities they have been zoned for?
  • How much industrial land is available (by type, location, and readiness) and how much is needed?
  • What are the likely effects on land and economic development of proposed transportation investments?

The Oregon program is both admired and admonished, in Oregon and nationally. It is not perfect—far from it. But Oregon has been at the forefront of many planning ideas that are now getting attention, if not traction, throughout the United States, and ECONorthwest has been there with it evaluating those ideas. That knowledge and analysis is transferable. We assisted:

  • The National Center for Smart Growth with multi-state regional models for economic, land use, transportation, and environmental impacts, and the development of performance measures for evaluating Maryland’s statewide planning program.
  • The Lincoln Institute for Land Policy with a national evaluation of state land-use programs and practices (Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes, 2009), a guidebook on scenario planning (Engaging the Future, 2007), and an evaluation of land-use models (Planning Support Systems for Cities and Regions, 2008).
  • The American Planning Association with a guidebook on land-use and transportation planning (The Transportation / Land Use Connection, 2007) and with training on sustainability planning and performance measurement (2010 – 2012).

We have evaluated housing markets in Anchorage; economic impacts of a freeway removal in Seattle; industrial lands in Oklahoma City; urban renewal districts in Billings and Baton Rouge; and regional plans in Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City, Reno, and Tulsa. To every evaluation we bring a clear economic and policy framework, and an ability to explain and adapt it.

Interested in learning more about how ECONorthwest can help you with your next project? Our toolbox is full and our staff enjoy meeting new challenges.

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