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The Mason Corridor & Our Housing Future: Roger Millar of Smart Growth America
 

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Roger Millar, VP with Smart Growth America, presentation from FCBR's Smart Growth event focused on creating dialog around the on-boarding of the Mason Corridor and it's likely impacts on housing and ...

Roger Millar, VP with Smart Growth America, presentation from FCBR's Smart Growth event focused on creating dialog around the on-boarding of the Mason Corridor and it's likely impacts on housing and livability.

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    The Mason Corridor & Our Housing Future: Roger Millar of Smart Growth America The Mason Corridor & Our Housing Future: Roger Millar of Smart Growth America Presentation Transcript

    • Improving Streets and Economic Development Mason and Our Housing Future October 3, 2013
    • 1 Overview • Introduction • Healthy economies • Examples – Roaring Fork BRT – River District • Questions
    • 2 Smart Growth Smart growth means building urban, suburban and rural communities with housing and transportation choices near jobs, shops and schools. These strategies support thriving local economies and protect the environment.
    • 3 What I hear about smart growth Wengen, Switzerland
    • 4 Smart growth is ugly. Riomaggiore, Italy
    • 5 Mesa Verde, CO We have no history with it.
    • 6 Nobody would want to live there. Aspen, CO
    • 7 It just doesn’t work here. Pearl District, Portland, OR
    • 8 Shut up and drive!
    • 9 The way we design and build our communities has enormous consequences
    • 10 1. The market is changing, especially for housing 2. The recipe for economic growth is changing 3. We can no longer afford to use tax money to subsidize inefficiency We must be aware of 3 important factors affecting the future of our communities
    • 11 THE CHANGING MARKET
    • 12 Your community is changing and preferences and the market are following. THE CHANGING MARKET
    • 13 Your community is changing • There are two demographic changes that are driving the market and must drive your decision making. – The rise of the Millennials. – The aging of the Baby Boomers. THE CHANGING MARKET
    • 14 Demographic change and the labor force 0 10,000,000 20,000,000 30,000,000 40,000,000 50,000,000 60,000,000 70,000,000 80,000,000 90,000,000 Greatest Generation Baby Boomers Gen X Millenials POPULATION LABOR FORCE PROSPERITY
    • 15 Your community is changing 52% 67% 72% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 1960 2000 2025 households with children households without children Households with and without children, 1960- 2025 THE CHANGING MARKET
    • 16 The market: Housing THE CHANGING MARKET
    • 17 How will your community meets the needs of millennials and aging boomers in order to improve your competitiveness? THE CHANGING MARKET
    • 18 PROSPERITY
    • 19 The nature of the economy is changing and so is the role of communities in economic growth. PROSPERITY
    • 20 PROSPERITY
    • 21 The Network City (city as network) PROSPERITY
    • 22 The rise of the millennials and the global economy are driving the economy. PROSPERITY
    • 23 The labor force • Millennials choose where to live before finding a job. – 64% looked for a job after they chose the city where to live. (Source: U.S. Census) • How people want to work is changing and where they want to work is changing. PROSPERITY
    • 24 Businesses respond to changing preferences • Across the country corporations are responding to employee preferences and moving to the talent. • They are choosing to relocate from suburban offices to downtown locations. PROSPERITY
    • 25 The labor force From office space…. PROSPERITY
    • 26 The labor force ….to office settings. Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA PROSPERITY
    • 27 Businesses respond to changing preferences Zappos, Las Vegas, NV Hillshire, Chicago, IL PROSPERITY
    • 28 How can your community take advantage of the changing nature of the economy in order to create jobs and wealth? FISCAL HEALTH
    • 29 FISCAL HEALTH
    • 30 How communities develop affects costs and revenue. FISCAL HEALTH
    • 31 Municipal budgets • Municipal budgets are feeling pressure • State and federal funds are disappearing • Costs are escalating • Tax bases have shrunk FISCAL HEALTH
    • 32 Municipal budgets • A large portion of municipal budgets go to infrastructure and services. – building and maintaining roads, bridges, sewer and water lines, etc – providing fire and police services, trash removal, paratransit, etc FISCAL HEALTH
    • 33 Municipal budgets • Costs are not just infrastructure related but also operations and maintenance. • Burden usually falls on taxpayers. FISCAL HEALTH
    • 34 Municipal budgets • You have to spend on these things. • You need to ensure that you are spending those funds in the most effective and efficient manner. • Budgets are not just financial documents – they reveal are goals and what we value. FISCAL HEALTH
    • 35 Development affects costs • When it comes to infrastructure costs… – Compact development development is the best deal. – Low-density suburban development rarely pays for itself. – It makes sense to reuse existing infrastructure. FISCAL HEALTH
    • 36 Development affects costs FISCAL HEALTH Building infrastructure to serve new development on the fringe can cost the city up to three times more per acre than urban infill development.
    • 37 Development affects costs FISCAL HEALTH • Compact development offers efficiencies in regards to services as well. – Police and fire departments have less area to cover. – Fewer miles of road to cover for snow removal and trash pickup.
    • 38 Development affects revenue FISCAL HEALTH • When it comes to revenue… – Compact development is the best deal. – Low-density suburban development generates much less per acre revenue. – You can increase your property tax base significantly simply by bringing back areas that already exist
    • 39 Development affects revenue FISCAL HEALTH • The revenue side of things is affected as well. Multifamily housing in near an area’s center can generate nine times more revenue per acre than traditional large-lot, single-family housing on the fringe.
    • 40 Development affects costs FISCAL HEALTH Building infrastructure to serve new development on the fringe can cost the city up to three times more per acre than urban infill development.
    • 41 Development affects revenue FISCAL HEALTH $0 $20,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $120,000 Wal-Mart Single-Family Residential Crabtree Valley Mall 3-4 Story Residential 3 Story Office 6-Story Mixed Use Municipal property tax yield (per acre) 2011 Raleigh, NC
    • 42 Development affects revenue FISCAL HEALTH Denser development can carry an entire city financially
    • 43 Can your community continue to subsidize inefficiencies of development patterns, while not reaping the potential reward? FISCAL HEALTH
    • 44 Roaring Fork Transit & Trail Project
    • 45 Overview of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
    • 46 BRT Service Plan • Span of Service – at least 14 hours each weekday • Approximately 1-hour travel time between Glenwood Springs and Aspen • Local valley bus service to continue every 30 minutes • BRT service levels may be modified during the off- season and according to demand
    • 47 Branding Characteristics – RFTA • Reliable • Practical • Hardworking – VelociRFTA • Fast • Fun • Frequent
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    • 49 Transit Priority Measures • Transit Signal Priority (TSP) at congested intersections • Queue Bypass Lanes at congested intersections • Use of Existing Bus/HOV & Exclusive Bus lanes
    • 50 • ITS Technology • Real Time Sign Information • Automated Vehicle Location • Automated passenger counters • Automated Annunciators • Electronic Fare Collection • Mobile Wi-Fi service • Route Map Integration • System Map Integration • Schedule Integration • Community Information Information Program
    • 51 BRT Station Program • Passenger Shelters – Ticket vending – Enclosed waiting and seating area – Lighting • Bicycle Storage – Covered and uncovered • Outside Seating • Landscaping • Trash and Recycling • Optional Elements – Parking – Restroom Facilities Carbondale BRT Station
    • 52 Promoting walking and riding to VelociRFTA whenever possible
    • 53 The River District
    • 54 Regional Context • Regional growth • Metro 2040 • Regional transit initiatives
    • 55 The Vision Thing • Complement rather than compete with the CBD • Relationship to the River
    • 56 Land Use and Transportation • People not cars • External connections • Internal circulation
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    • 67 Central City Plan
    • Portland Streetcar
    • 69 Not the Standard Engineering Solution…
    • 70 Not just another pretty face . . .
    • 71 Not Just Transportation…
    • 72 But a Powerful Tool
    • 73 For Urban Livability
    • 74 Moving People…
    • 75 Shaping Places…
    • 76 Results • Over $4 billion in economic development • 15,000 new residents • 50% non-auto mode split • Affordable housing and urban design goals achieved
    • 77 Results
    • 78 Results
    • 79 Results
    • 80 Results
    • 81 Results
    • 82 Results
    • 83 Results
    • 84 Results
    • 85 Lessons Learned • Leverage infrastructure investment to achieve public policy goals • Involve business leadership in creating a legacy
    • 86 We have the freedom to make informed, humane, and intelligent choices about the kind of world we want to leave for our children and grandchildren. We also have the freedom to make uninformed, selfish, and stupid choices. Which will it be? - Greg Pahl
    • 87 Thank you! rmillar@smartgrowthamerica.org www.smartgrowthamerica.org