New leader for Western Lands & Communities
Summer Waters, a Phoenix-based specialist in water and watersheds, is the new leader the Western Lands and Communities program, a partnership initiative focused on shaping growth, sustaining cities, protecting resources, and empowering communities in the Intermountain West. "Summer Waters will bring significant expertise and energy to this leadership position in our longstanding partnership with the Sonoran Institute, which has been a key focal point for our work on land issues in the West," said George W. McCarthy, president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Taxing the true value of land
The land value tax is getting attention these days, mostly as a way to spur redevelopment. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to raise taxes on vacant parcels in outer boroughs. Legacy Cities such as New London and Camden have been similarly interested in the theory that taxing land based on its value would prompt owners to improve the properties to start making a return. Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation allowing municipalities to apply to participate in a pilot program in land value taxation, and earlier this week, the Lincoln Institute held a special workshop in Hartford for elected officials, assessors and other tax officials to gain more understanding of how the tax might work.
Making sure affordable housing stays that way
Inclusionary housing policies -- the increasingly common practice of requiring affordable homes linked to new market-rate residential development -- need constant follow-up and careful record-keeping to ensure lasting affordability, according to new research published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. "Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing," available for downloading as a working paper, is the largest research study of inclusionary housing programs to date. The research, by Robert Hickey, Lisa Sturtevant, and Emily Thaden, was conducted in partnership with the National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy and the National Community Land Trust Network.
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