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Urbanization & Buildable Land Assessment

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ECONorthwest helps cities forecast future growth, inventory buildable land, and compare supply and demand for development.

Cities grow; they urbanize. New development requires either new buildable land, or land that can be redeveloped (and at higher density uses, if growth is to be accommodated). Cities need developable land. But how much, of what type, in what location, with what services, and when? These are all questions ECONorthwest has addressed in dozens of studies, typically in three parts:

  • A forecast of future housing or employment growth, based on a market analysis that describes likely scenarios of growth.
  • An inventory of buildable and underutilized or redevelopable land, based on GIS and other data about land.
  • A comparison of development capacity of that land to the building needs of forecasted growth, resulting in an assessment of whether the city has enough developable land.

In Oregon and Washington, urbanization analyses may lead to expansion of an urban growth boundary or urban growth area. The methods and knowledge necessary for urbanization analysis is transferable. We have assisted:

  • The City of Eugene in forecasting employment and residential land demand and estimating the City’s ability to accommodate expected growth within the City’s urban growth boundary. We assisted the City in working with a community group to model variations to forecast of growth and developing policy options for accommodating growth.
  • The Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development in developing a methodology and set of evaluation indicators for the State of Washington's Buildable Lands Program.
  • The Municipality of Anchorage in developing housing policy options to address the Municipality’s lack of developable residential land and the financial infeasibility of building some types of dense urban housing under current market conditions.

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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