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Public Land Use Constraints: Lot and House Configuration



The public sector constrains the size and shape of lots and buildings via zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Zoning ordinances utilize setback requirements, open space ratios, minimum lot area and floor-to-area ratios. Subdivision regulations utilize street and sidewalk spacing requirements. This article provides a framework in which one can analyze the precise impact of these control devices. The choice of developers who face these controls is discussed in terms of a rule of thumb and in terms of a model of profit maximization.

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  • Peter F. Colwell & Tim F. Scheu, 1998. "Public Land Use Constraints: Lot and House Configuration," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 16(2), pages 201-218.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:16:n:2:1998:p:201-218

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    1. Cannaday, Roger E & Colwell, Peter F, 1990. "Optimization of Subdivision Development," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 3(2), pages 195-206, June.
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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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