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By George Haugh


"From a fiscal standpoint, this really puts hair on your chest," said Sarasota County Director of Smart Growth Peter Katz. His team analyzed other revenue data, and worked out the payback times for big infrastructure costs involved with new developments. "The payback time for a mixed-use condominium building in the heart of downtown was three years," compared with 42 for a multi use project at a highway interchange.

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