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/ Dan Burden
Communities can prepare inventories of land to encourage development
or redevelopment of appropriate sites. These inventories may include
vacant lands, vacant buildings, or brownfield sites.
The inventory can include information on the physical characteristics
of each site (soil types, slope, etc.), availability of utilities,
access to transportation facilities, and the character of the
surrounding area (land use, zoning, etc.). Sites can also be evaluated
for their suitability to support various types of development.
Such inventories can be used by the community, municipalities,
real estate brokers, and developers to identify, market, and develop
land effectively. In addition, such an inventory can be a step
towards identifying tracts where the current community policies
(e.g., zoning, utility policies, building codes) discourage development
or redevelopment efforts.