Sarah More and Scott Clark were randomly selected from the respondents to our Development Entitlements and Distressed Subdivisions Survey.
Sarah More, FAICPis the Director of Planning and Building for the Town of Sahuarita, Arizona
Sarah indicated that the Town of Sahuarita has a moderate number of vacant platted lots and that as an exurban community job growth in neighboring communities, and to a lesser degree 2nd homes, drove their housing demand. The tools that Sarah recommends as effective for dealing with distressed subdivisions include: development agreement templates, consideration of fiscal impacts, coordination between jurisdictions, Arizona's statewide requirement for public reports prior to lot sales,streamlined replatting opportunities, and TDR's.
Scott Clark, Director of Kootenai County Community Development in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Scott indicated that Kootenai County has many vacant platted lots as well as a significant number of potential future lots allowed under current zoning authorizations. The County experienced a moderate boom and bust cycle and as an amenity community, the 2nd home construction market was a large factor in driving their housing demand. Scott has found improved communication among neighboring jurisdictions to be one of the most effective tools, which in addition to creating a more collaborative regional view of land use issues, has also been very helpful in the County's effort in developing a new unified land use code that proposes to utilize a number of zoning and growth management tools.
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