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.

Sustainable Development Projects shows how these three groups can work together to build stronger cities. It starts with a blueprint for a development triad that balances sound economics, quality design, and the public good. A step-by-step description of the development process explains how and when planners can most effectively regulate new projects, while a glossary of real estate terms gives all the project participants a common language.

Detailed scenarios apply the book's principles to a trio of projects: rental apartments, greenfield housing, and mixed use infill. Readers can follow the projects from inception to finished product and see how different choices would result in different outcomes.

This nuts-and-bolts guide urges planners, developers, and designers to break out of their silos and join forces to build more sustainable communities. It's essential reading for practicing planners, real estate and design professionals, planning and zoning commissioners, elected officials, planning students, and everyone who cares about the future of cities.


Introduction (pdf)

About the Authors

David R. Godschalk, FAICPDavid R. Godschalk, FAICP, is Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a professional planner and a planning educator and has published 12 planning-related books.

Godschalk chaired the 2013 APA Working Group on Comprehensive Plan Certification, co-chaired the 2011 APA Sustaining Places Task Force, and served on the Chapel Hill Town Council and the North Carolina Smart Growth Commission. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College, the University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina. He is a registered architect (inactive) in Florida.

His recent publications include: The Dynamic Decade: Creating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001–2011 (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) and Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (APA Planners Press, 2012). His coauthored text Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press, 2006) is in its fifth edition.

Emil E. Malizia, FAICPEmil E. Malizia, FAICP, is professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His expertise spans the related areas of regional economic development, real estate development, and urban redevelopment.

For more than four decades, he has conducted research, taught graduate-level and in-service courses, and engaged in consulting for private, nonprofit, and public clients. He is the author or coauthor of five books and more than 150 scholarly articles, monographs, and other publications. He has been a senior real estate adviser to a major life insurance company, a visiting professor, a special assistant in federal service, and a Fulbright Scholar (Colombia).

He is a member of the American Real Estate Society, International Economic Development Council, and Urban Land Institute. He received his baccalaureate from Rutgers University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.

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Nov. 1, 2013
APA Planners Press

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures


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