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Linking Housing Growth to Water Supply: The American West's New Frontier

Ellen Hanak and Margaret K. Browne

PPIC Working Papers from Public Policy Institute of California

Abstract: Faced with rapid population growth and increasing difficulties in mobilizing new sources of water, many western states have instituted laws conditioning the approval of residential development on the adequacy of long-term water supplies. Although planners have generally supported these laws as a way of ensuring linkages between water and land-use decisions, the laws' potential to raise housing costs has generated considerable debate. Drawing on experiences in five western states, we evaluate the likely effects of water adequacy laws on the supply and characteristics of housing.

Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2004-06
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