Infill Development: Perspectives and Evidence from Economics and Planning

Virginia McConnell and Keith Wiley

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195380620
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Infill Development: Perspectives and Evidence from Economics and Planning

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This article examines the arguments from the economics and planning literature about both the advantages of infill development and the barriers to it. It begins with reviewing the arguments from the economics, policy, and planning literatures on the possible benefits of infill development, the range of policies to promote infill that have been passed or proposed, and the reasons there may be opposition to infill. It then examines ways to measure infill development. It describes characteristics of infill and reveals issues that influence the extent and trends in the density of infill development. Because of immense opposition to infill development based on its potential costs to local residents, the article explores the literature on the effect of urban projects, including infill, on local property values. Finally, it draws out implications for policy and suggests directions for future research on infill.

Keywords: infill development; economics; policy; planning; urban projects; opposition; local property values

Article.  11852 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics

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