Sustainable Development Projects

Integrating Design, Development, and Regulation

By David Godschalk, FAICP, Emil Malizia, FAICP

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Development projects are the building blocks of urban growth. Put enough of the right projects together in the right way, and you have sustainable cities. But getting the pieces to stack up takes a feat of coordination and cooperation. In our market economy, developers, designers, and planners tend to operate in silos, each focused on its own piece of the puzzle.

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Nov. 1, 2013
APA Planners Press

About the Authors

David Godschalk
David R. Godschalk, FAICP, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is co-author of Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (PAS Report 567, 2012) and Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans (PAS Report 578, 2014). A leader of the APA Sustaining Places Task Force Task Force and the APA Working Group on Plan Standards, he has done both research and governmental consulting on comprehensive planning, He received the 2015 APA President's Award for his work on development of the Sustaining Places comprehensive plan initiative.

Emil Malizia

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Introduction: Challenges to Sustainable Urban Growth

Chapter 2. Design, Development, and Regulation Silos

Chapter 3. Linking Project Development, Design, and Regulation

Chapter 4. Apartment Project Alternatives

Chapter 5. Residential Subdivision Alternatives

Chapter 6. Dynamic Financial Analysis

Chapter 7. Infill Redevelopment Alternatives

Chapter 8. Development Coordination Recommendations


Glossary of Real Estate Development Terms


About the Authors