Urban Growth Boundaries: Effective or Worthless?

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Cities can use urban growth boundaries to keep urban development compact, while protecting farm and forest land outside. But do they raise housing prices? And do they stop sprawl at all?

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Resources on this topic:

Diller, P. A., & Sullivan, E. J. (2018). The Challenge of Housing Affordability in Oregon. *Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law*, *27* (1), 183-232.

Kim, J. H. (2013). Measuring the Containment and Spillover Effects of Urban Growth Boundaries: The Case of the Portland Metropolitan Area. *Growth and Change*, *44* (4), 650-675.

Lewis, R., & Parker, R. (2021). Exurban growth inside the urban growth boundary? An examination of development in Oregon cities. *Growth and Change*, *52* (2), 885-908.

Mathur, S. (2014). Impact of urban growth boundary on housing and land prices: Evidence from King County, Washington. *Housing Studies*, *29* (1), 128-148.

Mathur, S. (2019). Impact of an urban growth boundary across the entire house price spectrum: The two-stage quantile spatial regression approach. *Land Use Policy*, *80*, 88-94.

Myung-Jin Jun (2006) The Effects of Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary on Housing Prices, Journal of the American Planning Association, 72:2, 239-243, DOI: 10.1080/01944360608976742

Sullivan, E. J. (2014). Urban growth management in Portland, Oregon. *Or. L. Rev.*, *93*, 455.

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