EPA Study: Energy Consumption of Sprawl vs Density

This report is the EPA's latest look at energy consumption of density versus sprawl, accounting for both transportation and housing energy. Another key difference is that every time a sprawling suburb is developed it increases the "length of infrastructure per capita" of the community which translates to higher maintenance costs. What I mean by that term is the more miles of streets, water/sewer lines, etc per person in Fayetteville, the higher the cost (i.e. taxes) necessary to keep those in working order.

This is one reason why City Plan 2030 is so crucial to Fayetteville's economic viability into the future. Immediate energy costs for the residents of Fayetteville (electricity, gas) serve as a drain on the local economy because the vast majority of this money goes out of state, as evidenced by a recent Housing + Transportation Affordability Study of Northwest Arkansas. Likewise, if a sprawling development increases the number of roads and sewer infrastructure for every Fayetteville resident from . 4 miles to .5 miles (I just made these numbers up to make a point) that's an additional cost to the city.

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