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E-M:/ Fw: (Fwd) "The Economic Benefits of Open Space"

In response to the question from the Township official to Anne Woiwode on what to do about governmental fragmentation and sprawl in general, I have attached an announcement by a group working on this issue.  There is a new report out there that will have lots of relevance for Michigan development.
Hope this adds constructively to the discussion.
David J. Zaber

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Date sent:      Wed, 19 May 1999 10:18:57 -0700
From:           Tony Chenhansa <tonyc@cpeo.org>
Organization:   Center for Public Environmental Oversight
Send reply to:  cpeo-brownfields@igc.org
Subject:        "The Economic Benefits of Open Space"
To:             cpeo-brownfields@igc.org

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has released a report on 5/17/99 about
the economic benefits of open space.

"The Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space: How Land Conservation
Helps Communities Grow Smart and Protect the Bottom Line."

TPL's 48-page report features research findings and examples from around
the country. Topics include conservation as a smart-growth tool; the
role of parks and greenways in attracting business and investment; the
importance of parks in revitalizing cites; the economic benefits of
land-based tourism and recreation; the role of farms and ranches to
community economies; and the economic benefits of protecting
floodplains, watersheds and wildlife habitat

It's available in PDF format at:

Below is a partial list of economic benefits.

* Estimated annual value of open space to the economy of New Hampshire:
$8 billion

* Approximate fraction of the state's total economy this amount
represents: 25 percent2

* Percentage of Denver residents who in 1980 said they would pay more to
live near a greenbelt or park: 16 percent

Percentage who said so in 1990: 48 percent3

* Estimated gross increase in residential property value resulting from
proximity to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: $500 million to $1

* Increased property taxes resulting from this value: $5-$10 million4

* Annual value of agricultural production in California's Central
Valley: $13 billion

* Estimated amount of Central Valley farmland lost to urban sprawl each
year: 15,000 acres

* Estimated value of agricultural production that could be saved by 2040
if Central Valley communities increased the density of development from
3 to 6 housing units per acre: $72 billion5

* Estimated value of outdoor recreation to the U.S. economy in 1996: $40

* Estimated cost to New York City to buy watershed lands to protect
upstate drinking water supplies: $1.5 billion

* Estimated cost to New York City to build a filtration plant if upstate
watershed lands are developed: $6 billion to $8 billion12

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Tony Chenhansa,  Program Coordinator
Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO)
425 Market Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA  94105
ph: 415-405-7751 fx: 415-904-7765
e-mail: tonyc@cpeo.org

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