Call for reform in tax breaks for rural land
The use of preferential tax treatment to protect rural land from development in the U.S. has been largely ineffective, with the benefits often outweighed by the costs, according to a new report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The use of use-value assessment – the undervaluing of rural properties to reduce the tax burden – has been modestly successful in protecting some land, but the policy has been implemented poorly in many states, often with unintended consequences. The report, Use-Value Assessment of Rural Lands: Time for Reform? is co-authored by John E. Anderson and Richard W. England.
Cuba, on the Horizon
As a nation in transition, Cuba represents a unique opportunity for knowledge-sharing on land policy, which will be a foundational component of a more open economy. The Lincoln Institute, which has done work in the island nation for many years, is rekindling collaboration on key areas in land management and land-based financing, in parallel with the ongoing historic thaw in US-Cuban relations.
Advancing innovation in scenario planning
As part of a growing effort to harness technology for better long term planning, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, in partnership with PlaceMatters, is presenting the 6th Annual Open Planning Tools Symposium at the University of Texas at Austin....
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