Fayetteville and county to hold land use talks


The City of Fayetteville and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will host a pair of talks March 5 and 6 called “Economics of Land Use: $ and Sense of City Building.”

TEDx speaker Joseph Minicozzi will deliver the presentations, first that Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. Fayetteville City Council meeting, and then the next day, 8 a.m., at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce offices at Ga. Highway 54 and Grady Avenue in Fayetteville.

Minicozzi’s work reveals the true costs and benefits of development choices. This talk will explore the imperfections of property tax valuation and the relative return-on-investment from different development patterns in Fayetteville and Fayette County, and attempt to challenge the way audiences think about the cost of development, sprawl, and the value of land. His visualizations of economic productivity enable everyone to understand the economic potency and efficiency of the choices facing local leaders.

From his presentation notes, Minicozzi plans to broach the following objectives: Vizualizing the impact of development on local budgets; retooling public policy for future financial resilience; identifying the most productive areas and properties; demystifying the local tax system; breaking down community biases about development; and doing the math for long-term economic sustainability.

There is no charge to attend the events. Contact Fayetteville Downtown Development Director Brian Wismer for more information: bwismer@fayetteville-ga.gov.