Report shows how cities can finance infill housing

The Strategies for Fiscally Sustainable Infill Housing report, released by The Center for Community Innovation, helps housing advocates and city staff better understand the relationship between a city’s fiscal health and building homes within already urbanized areas.

The benefits of walkable, infill communities are many – more affordable and convenient places to live and ways to get around, greenhouse gas reduction, and improved community health to name a few.  However, in order to achieve the goal of more infill homes, a city’s costs and revenues need to match up. Without new revenue sources, cities cannot accommodate California’s growing population, leading to sprawl.

Part I of the report provides an introduction to city general revenues and expenses associated with infill housing development.  Part II describes strategies that California cities can use to raise additional revenues from housing development.  Part III looks specifically at the City of San Jose as a case study of how a city might promote fiscally sustainable infill housing development.

Greenbelt Alliance policy director Stephanie Reyes served as a key advisor for The Center for Community Innovation report. The center works to find effective solutions that expand economic opportunity, diversify housing options, and strengthen connection to place. Download the full report here (PDF).

2 Comments on “Report shows how cities can finance infill housing

  1. When I see what is called sustainable infill housing, I wonder “sustainable” in what way? With no “habitat” for the humans around the housing, like grass and trees, it doesn’t seem “sustainable” for the people. It seems like a treeless ghetto that you would want to leave when you could.

  2. Hi Barbara,

    I really just think it depends on taste. I absolutely love my urban neighborhood with a tiny backyard and a few trees on the sidewalk. It’s exactly right for me and my lifestyle. The pretty buildings and my neighbors on the street make it such a wonderful place to live.

    To your point, I imagine that when the neighborhood was built, it probably looked pretty barren because the trees take a long time to grow. That is true in the suburban neighborhood where my parents live now. Though I imagine in 30 years that will include much lovelier trees.

    When done right, infill homes can be beautiful like my neighborhood, or on the other hand my parents’ treeless suburban neighborhood can leave a lot to be desired.


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