Sure seems like the goal, at least in California. And since California’s policies are setting the model for the entire United States…
From The Chico Enterprise Record, “Global warming, housing density hot topics at Friday seminar“:
RED BLUFF — North state officials remain concerned about the relationship between sprawl and California’s global warming laws after a presentation Friday.
Dan Zack, downtown development coordinator for Redwood City, told the group that combined with insulation that saves on energy costs, urban, multi-family homes are responsible for about half as many greenhouse gas emissions as suburban homes.
But high-density planning is not a safeguard against lawsuits citing environmental impacts. In May, Cottonwood resident Gary Catlin enlisted the support of the Sierra Club in a lawsuit accusing Tehama County of failing to take into account the effects of the areas, which could lead to increased development near his 5-acre Country Hills property.
From The Wall Street Journal, 2008, an op-ed by Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University, “Jerry Brown’s War on California Suburbs.”
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