Over the years, residents and business owners around the region have worked to achieve community visions in their downtowns, main streets, and employment areas: jobs, housing choices, walkability, local shopping, access to nature, and cultural and recreational opportunities. While there have been many successes, change has been slower than expected or desired in some cases.
Parcelization—the presence of multiple small parcels with multiple owners—can be one of the constraints to building larger-scale developments in urban areas. A new report, completed by ECONorthwest in October 2012, explores the challenges posed by parcelization. The report describes:
This report illustrates 10 case studies in the region that shed some light on the extent of complications caused by parcelization. The report also provides findings, best practices and recommendations for the private sector and local governments to consider in reducing the effects of parcelization on development in urban communities.
A copy of the full report, its executive summary, and supporting materials may be downloaded from the links below.
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