Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Archive for October, 2000

The Minnesota Approach

Monday, October 23rd, 2000

The drawbacks of new business development — from heavier traffic to lost open space — are often shared by surrounding communities. Minnesota requires its communities to also share the tax benefits.
When a business moves to a new community in Minnesota, law requires that the other communities in the region share 40 percent of the […]

The Oregon Approach

Thursday, October 5th, 2000

Oregon has statewide zoning for farmland (16.4 million acres) and private forest land (8.7 million acres). This zoning protects about 40,000 square miles from development – an area about the size of Indiana. New Jersey has no farm or forest zoning.
In contrast to the millions of acres it protects from development, Oregon has set […]

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