Comment 119947

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted September 08, 2016 at 11:08:55 in reply to Comment 119946

Simple solution to the "NIMBY" problem: pay off the neighbors. Realistically, do people actually directly reap any local benefit from intensification? No. They get all the negatives, and the additional property taxes collected go directly into the public city coffers to be spent city-wide.

Given that, is it any wonder that neighbours of intensification developments bristle? The pain is local, while the benefits are city-wide or even global or are multiple decade down the road when the intensely-slow wheels of city planning notice that service-needs within the neighbourhood have risen.

So pay them off. Either directly with cash, or indirectly by offering upgrades to local amenities as part of the new development.

Of course, it would be hard to craft policy for this and fair negotiating is hard, but most things are.

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