How Thirsty Is Your Community?

Zoning Practice — May 2005

By Paula Van Lare


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Water shortages are no longer exclusive to the Desert Southwest. Today, escalating infrastructure costs and tight supplies of drinking water plague communities across the country.

Local governments have several options available for providing drinking water, especially for new developments. Most cities now impose impact fees on developers to cover the cost of new infrastructure. In some states, local governments charter community development districts to provide infrastructure for new developments.

This issue of Zoning Practice shows how urban form affects the demand for and cost of drinking water. It draws on a variety of studies that illustrate the relationship between lot size and water consumption.


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May 1, 2005
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Paula Van Lare