Municipal economics of regional development – infill versus greenfield development
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|Title of host publication||RE-CITY. Future City - Combining Disciplines|
|Place of Publication||Tampere|
|Publisher||Tampere University of Technology. School of Architecture|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|
|Publisher||Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture|
In this case study, the analysis is limited strictly to the financial aspects of regional development projects. The main difference when comparing this study to the existing body of literature is that the municipal revenues are considered alongside the expenditures instead of focusing solely on the cost aspects. The net Present Value method is used to analyze three different regional development projects. An ongoing greenfield residential area development project is compared with two infill development projects in the city of Tampere in Finland. The first infill area is situated in the immediate vicinity of the city center and the second is a suburb about eight kilometers west from downtown Tampere. The analysis provides information not only about differences between infill and greenfield projects, but also about the dissimilarities between different types of infill.
The results indicate that from the perspective of municipal economics, residential infill is more profitable when compared to greenfield development. Two studied infill areas start returning profits 25–30 years after the start of the development, whereas for the studied greenfield project the corresponding value is almost 50 years. Despite the undeniable economic benefits, the practice shows that there are still major obstacles preventing the widespread realization of infill in Finland.