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GOOD FOR REVENUE NOT ALWAYS GOOD FOR COMMUNITY.

 

Most land development in areas converted from single-families becomes impervious by surfacing most of the land, testing existing capacities and often calling for costly improvements.  Multiple housing units are usually more sensitive to market fluctuation and especially  in terms of loving care given them.

 

The demand for condos recently shifted toward apartments influenced by the market in terms of type of and style of facilities.  With increased utilization of land we may also experience some rising costs of community serving utilities.

 

Some of the related factors that come with high-density development need to be reviewed and a close analysis made during planning stage and within the development process itself.

 

In general however, the effects of high density tend to move us toward overall inflated costs and more complicated and dynamic problems as often revealed especially as we observe medium and particularly larger cities. 

 

It does not all end up with increased revenue or decreased taxes or even with a slowing up of increasing taxes.  Perhaps the goal for higher density in order to increase revenue should not be the most prominent or most important one to follow.

 

Although higher density may or may not return more revenue, additional cost may also be a result of population density increases, leaving the principle goals logically to remain what these goals have always been, that is, what is best for community living.

 

Increased land return tends to move our attention away from improved community function. 

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