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Homsy, G.C., Abrams G., & Monastra, V. (2015). "Incentive Zoning: Understanding a Market-based Planning Tool." Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, Shared Services Project.

Incentive zoning is a planning tool that local governments use to entice developers to provide a public good (e.g. affordable housing, open space, community amenities) by offering incentives (e.g. increased density, expedited approvals). The incentives seek to offset the cost to developers of the public goods. In this issue brief we describe research on the use of incentive zoning by communities. We also discuss some of the factors relating to success or failure of the planning tool.

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Subject: Planning