Category: Urban development

Municipal New Subdivsion Project Financial Analysis – A Case Study

A real life example is used to illustrate how the discipline of a business case analysis can and should be applied to determine the implications of a new development project to the finance of a municipality.

December 16, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning

Maple Ridge 2014 Election: Suburban Sprawl Candidates Survey

In light of the fact that the issue of suburban sprawl has surfaced again as one of the important election issues in Maple Ridge, BC, a questionnaire has been put together asking all mayoral and council candidates to state their level of agreement to t …

November 6, 2014

Suburban Sprawl Adds Salt To Maple Ridge’s Infrastructure Deficit Wounds

In a growing city such as Maple Ridge, BC, leapfrogging suburban developments are adding more inventories to the city’s asset base and making its infrastructure deficit worse than it already is.

October 13, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning

The Impact Of Suburban Sprawl To Municipal Budgets

Apart from its commonly known costs, suburban sprawl is hitting municipal governments with hidden costs as a result of misguided policies.

September 27, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning

Peak Malls? Retail Floor Space Overbuild Meets Tectonic Structural Shifts, Part 1

Multiple fundamental factors driving retail sales growth in past decades are shifting not in favor of the retail sector. Combined with an overbuild of retail floor space, this does not bode well for brick and mortar retail properties.

July 1, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning

Peak auto? Driving might have passed generational peak in the U.S.

Total miles driven in the U.S. has gone down to a level last seen in 1995 after reaching a peak in 2005. Could this be the generational peak in driving we are witnessing?

August 29, 2013
In-depth topic: Urban planning