Type of Document Dissertation Author Warnken, Charles G. URN etd-09042003-200401 Title The Price Effects of the Urban Service Area Boundary In Tallahassee, Florida Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Charles Connerly Committee Chair David Rasmussen Committee Member Ivonne Audirac Committee Member Keywords
- Growth Management
- Urban Service Area (USA) Boundary
Date of Defense 2003-06-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractUrban containment strategies have long been a central part of Florida’s growth management system but literature advocating municipal adoption of an urban containment strategy has far
outweighed rigorous analysis of Florida’s primary tool seeking to promote contiguous urban development and fiscally efficient service provision, the urban service area (USA).
This study examines the price effects of the USA boundary in Tallahassee, Florida by examining the impact of the USA boundary on area land markets. The findings suggest the establishment of the USA strategy is statistically associated with a price suppression effect on low-density land values,
though the magnitude of the effect can be characterized as mild. However, the findings also suggest that the USA strategy is not
influencing land values and development trends in the manner anticipated. The primary implications of the findings suggest that Tallahassee’s system of incentives and disincentives to manage the location and timing of urban development through
infrastructure phasing is not a strong enough carrot to influence the location of urban development. These findings have significant land planning implications for Tallahassee and Leon
County, notably that sewer provisions may not be the growth shaper envisioned by program architects.
The author demonstrates that great care needs to be taken when designing research seeking to identify the price effects of growth controls on area land markets, as the results are very
sensitive to how variables are measured. The primary conclusion drawn from this research is that land planning agencies need to pay particular attention to how distinct land development regulations may work at cross-purposes
and thus defeat some of the aims of comprehensively managed growth. Most importantly, communities must carefully consider the
trade-offs involved when implementing urban containment programs, namely the perceived short vs. long-term impacts of land management programs, as well as the trade-offs between the fiscal efficiency gains and social equity implications of a USA strategy.
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