ERIC Number: ED204053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
Land Use Development in Gretna, Nebraska: A Cost Analysis.
Lee, Paul S. T.
To test the hypothesis that costs are higher with a scattered development pattern than with a compact development pattern adjacent to the community's urban fringe, this study analyzed the private and public costs associated with each of these development patterns in the Gretna, Nebraska, area during the last 15 years. Cost data for each of the development patterns were obtained or estimated and analyzed against the hypothesis, and social and environmental effects associated with different land use patterns were analyzed to the extent that they could be identified and measured. Data indicated that private costs per housing unit, school and fire protection costs per housing unit, and spill-over effects in terms of social and environmental costs were higher for the scattered development pattern. The average private development cost of a housing unit in the scattered development pattern was almost 70% higher than in the compact development pattern. A number of hidden indirect costs associated with the scattered development type were borne by the community and area as a whole. Residents of scattered developments did not have to pay taxes on services and facilities provided by the municipal government, and they received benefits from services paid for primarily by city residents. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nebraska Rural Development Council, Lincoln.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Omaha. Center for Applied Urban Research.; Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Coll. of Agriculture.
Identifiers: Nebraska (Gretna); Private Sector; Public Sector