Land Use and Transportation Policies

Land Use and Transportation Policies

Land Use and Transportation Policies

Co-Authors: Marco Anderson, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG); Nico Larco, University of Oregon 

Contributors: Giovanni Circella, University of California at Davis; Lisa Aultman-Hall, University of Vermont

For 50 years, American geography and land use has been centered on the personal car. The three revolutions in vehicle sharing, automation and electrification present new challenges and also great opportunities for land use and transportation planners. Absent policy reform the three revolutions may contribute to more sprawl, but a sustainable planning approach that supports both higher-density development and lower single-occupant (or zero-occupant) driving can once again put people first rather than their cars.