NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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The physical environment of our communities contribute to and benefits from economic and fiscal health. This introduction to the track covers ways in which planners can make a difference by seeking opportunities.
A new tool, the fiscally standardized cities (FiSC) database, can be used by cities to benchmark their fiscal data to comparable cities and thereby explore new measures for local fiscal health in U.S. cities.
Panelists cover different approaches to financing infrastructure, including bonds, earmarked taxes, public-private partnerships, and value capture, using examples of projects financed by each instrument.
Waste management plays an increasingly critical role in achieving urban sustainability. What is planning’s role in the process? Review smart technologies and creative models to promote landfill diversion while achieving cost-saving and social equity goals in managing urban waste.
Explore improved methodology to estimate demographic multipliers in light of changing demographic trends. Case studies show that impact analysts should adopt multipliers that are timely, geographically targeted, and specific to the housing configuration.
Examine the evidence on how tax incentives impact economic development as well as state and local finances. Discuss best practices for using incentives in the most cost-effective way.
Explore Hudson Yards—one of the largest projects in the United States to combine a range of infrastructure-financing tools, such as debt, PILOTs, and land-value capture. Learn how this project gained traction from a financial perspective and how it may influence other large urban investment.
Many cities regularly give out various tax incentives, credits, and rebates to induce additional (and much needed) development within the community. But are these incentives really needed? And how much incentive is too much?
A spatial approach to fiscal impact analysis is superior to existing methods. Nearly all revenues and expenditures in a city are spatial. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to comprehensively estimate fiscal impact and create a detailed planning database.
Capital improvement plans are a powerful way to meet planning goals. What are the best practices in linking long range, service, and area plans to the CIP to better manage financial resources and achieve planning goals?
Cities increasingly look to special districts to help with plan implementation. The Uptown Oakland case study informs about the power and limitations of districts to bring plan visions to life. Learn to set expectations and improve plans for stronger partnerships.
Fiscal policies can have large and unexpected effects on land use, development patterns, and regional equity. At the same time, land use and infrastructure planning often fails to consider effects on revenues and costs over time. This session explores the fiscal-land use relationship from both perspectives.
This facilitated discussion will critically examine assumptions, established approaches, results, and criticisms of FIA. The aim is to share experience in application and methodological improvement on how to better estimate development impacts.
Learn about feasibility analysis needed to develop successful affordable housing. Panelists with experience in both finance and development show how to navigate public-private partnerships.