A Land Use and Development Playbook For Value-Capture and Creating Currency For Local Community Development

Larry Kosmont shares what cities need to do to meet escalating state requirements; add housing density; fix shopping centers; replace sales tax; pay for constituent services; plan for the future; and capture value created by economic restructuring.

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March 28, 2022, 6:00 AM PDT

By Clare Letmon

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California cities are currently being challenged to respond creatively to "post-COVID" development trends and new state housing policies. To constructively contribute to the obvious need for a local mind-reset, VX News sat down with Larry Kosmont to afford him an opportunity to speak on what cities need to do to in order to capture value from this changing economy and how to do this to increase the housing stock and improve livability across California. 

Kosmont goes into some of the clever ways cities can use existing zoning and tax measures to get additional funding and support from developers to get more housing and improve density, but also to get support for open spaces, transit infrastructure, and more. He explains how this "carrot" approach can be a win-win for cities to get more investment into projects they need done and developers can have certainty knowing the areas they are putting these projects will see continued investment by the city. One of the tools that he recommends for this process is the creation of Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs). 

At the end of the interview, Kosmont takes some time to go through his thoughts on some recent California housing policy topics such as the Surplus Land Act, state intervention in the creation of more housing, and the future of local economic development. He discusses the way in which, by complicated means, the Surplus Land Act is allowing cities to go through their assets and really assess what they do and do not need. At the end of the day, he sees the best way for creating new development and helping the crisis as being through local cooperation with private developers to get housing actually completed and on the market. 

You can find the full interview here

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