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Developers To Pay For Air Pollution Caused By Sprawl

Air pollution control meant looking at tailpipes and smokestacks. Not anymore. San Joaquin Valley is first in nation to take into account air pollution created by urban sprawl.

"The goal is to reduce bad air from traffic going back and forth from new homes, businesses, commercial buildings and even school buildings constructed on the edge of town.

Builders can install air-enhancing features such as outdoor outlets for electric lawnmowers, bike lanes and energy-efficient water heaters to help reduce fees that will be assessed for traffic pollution.

...The building industry complained about burdening home buyers and new businesses with higher costs. They also questioned the fairness of loading air-cleanup costs on new developments, not on existing homes and businesses."

Thanks to Kathryn Phillips

Full Story: Pollution fees fall to builders

Comments

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Congestion and pollution caused by planning.

Lots of pollution is caused by planning attempting to prevent sprawl. Encouraging people to walk and drive less by reducing auto lanes and installing calming measures increases congestion and pollution.
Example: Downtown San Jose, North First Street was four lanes. Two lanes were removed to build light-rail, which almost no ones rides. The adjacent auto lane carries five times as many passengers.
Planning failures caused by attempts to make social changes can and do cause tremendous increase in congestion and pollution.

air pollution solution

So what is your solution to air quality problems?

lgrattan

Try this one.
Lowell

http://rentalcartours.net/amdr-cox-ho-plenary.pdf Cox World Study on Housing

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