Acquiring Land to Curb Sprawl

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Many urban areas are dealing with vacant and abandoned properties while at the same time experiencing booming land prices. Beyond using eminent domain or tax liens, most cities do not have the capacity to acquire property and hold it for redevelopment at the right time. Learn how entrepreneurial nonprofits are working with financial institutions and foundations to create long-term acquisitions funds that help reclaim vacant, abandoned or underutilized land in urban areas.

These funds allow nonprofits to build new affordable homes where existing infrastructure is in place as well as retain needed green space. This session also will examine how groups with different agendas (i.e. conservation, open space, development) can work together to build mutually beneficial acquisition funds. These funds can take the pressure off of cash-strapped municipalities that need development to boost their economies and still create livable, sustainable communities.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Noreen Beatley, Sustainable Communities Advocate, Innovative Consulting
* Lori Chatman, Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, Enterprise Community Loan Fund
* Anthony Flint, Public Affairs Manager, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
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