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The Costs of Sprawl: The Potential Impacts of Development in Pierce County, Washington

As one of the fastest growing counties in Washington State, Pierce County’s open spaces and agricultural lands face development pressure. To better understand the trade-offs of developing the county’s rural areas, this report models two development scenarios, looking at the amount of land needed and associated costs of housing 100 people in an unincorporated, primarily rural, area versus in an incorporated, primarily urban, area. The report finds that development of rural areas has significantly higher impact in terms of ecosystem service costs; public benefit costs, such as clean air and water; and service utility costs, such as for public safety and utilities.

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Author
Matt Van Daren
Publisher
Tacoma, WA: Earth Economics
Page Numbers
23
Publication Date
March 01, 2019
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
et al. Author(s)
Corinne Armistead, Nina Kerr, Jared Soares
State
Washington
Keywords
Cost of Sprawl, Smart Growth / Growth Management

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