We are creating a library of data, studies and articles to help taxpayers understand the costs of over-development. PriceOfSprawl.com is now going multi-media with the addition of videos.
Costs of Development
Thanks to George Sibley for this video that summarizes 6 myths about growth & development in Florida. It changes your expectations about decisionmaking by elected officials about development in Florida.
A Tale of 2 Counties A Video by George Sibley
Here are examples of 2 Virginia counties, one chose the fast growth route, the other adopted a slow growth policy. See how it plays out. Where would you prefer to live?
This George Sibley video features local Florida experts who describe t the impacts of over-development on our dwindling water supply, aquatic life, and costs to you the taxpayer. It shows how in many cases, the very public officials we depend on to protect our quality of life actually contribute to the problem by approving over allocation of water and approval of more development than is sustainable.
Learn how comprehensive plans help balance the interests of all stakeholders in a community—and how citizens must be vigilant and persistent to keep the process from being hijacked by private commercial interests. This Gale Force video focuses on New Smyrna Beach to make the point for all Florida communities.
This video describes how roads fragment critical wildlife habitat and facilitate yet more development. When new residential property taxes don’t cover costs of infrastructure, they issue bonds which all taxpayers pay for, not just residents of new developments.
Here’s an example of how people need to crunch the numbers on developer requirements to provide infrastructure. Neal proposes an alternate plan that sounds great on the surface, but will short change the nearby residents in Bradenton.
These citizens formed a group to collectively oppose a large development in Gainesville and built their own website to house their documentation. This development would cost all Gainesville citizens for infrastructure for the new community.
From Smart Growth America, it makes the case for “smart growth” which is intown growth that builds on the existing municipal infrastructure instead of sprawl. It details the savings in infrastructure costs vs tax revenues from development. It includes a smart growth example in Sarasota, Florida.
County taxpayers should only be responsible to sustain the present level of services, to maintenance of present infrastructure, and to replace or update old or inefficient infrastructure.
If they let a developer get away with not paying for a road that their new business needs, then someone else has to pay for that road. And that someone may be you.
At buildout, St Johns County will have a 182% increase in population. We must make this new development pay for itself–taxpayers can’t afford it. Where will the water come from?
Over-development in St Johns county has depleted funds for parks and essential services.
St Johns cannot afford to lower impact fees, but does it anyway.
Whether you use a complex computer program, or just crunch the numbers–the result is the same–residential development without sustainable jobs does not pay for itself. We cannot afford more of the same.
Best article on tie in between residential development and costs of growth. Ocala is one of the many areas experiencing extreme growth.
Impact fees are required to keep taxpayers from paying for costs of infrastructure for new residential development.
Study done in 2010 by Dr. James Nicholas, a respected impact fee consultant from the University of Florida.
Here’s what happens when a community runs out of water. This is the salt water intrusion scenario which occurs when the flow of fresh water is reduced enough for saltwater from the ocean to enter fresh water supplies.
A definitive overview of the water supply problem in Florida and the key players.
This is what happens when the water supply is “empty”—Tampa Bay style. Desalination is a costly option.
The lack of urgency to address these problems is striking.
When the water supply runs out, the alternatives are complex, expensive and often don’t work well.
Northeast Florida drinking water supply is running low.
Central Florida has a water supply problem and a lot of development.
Good description of Florida’ situation with springs.