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Internalizing Externalities Through Private Zoning
The Case of Walt Disney Company's Celebration, Florida
Originally published in Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy
Do zoning rules need to come from government? This article highlights to economic features of one of the largest privately-planned towns: Celebration, Florida.
Do zoning rules need to come from government? This article highlights to economic features of one of the largest privately-planned towns: Celebration, Florida. The 10,000-resident town includes numerous privately-provided public goods as well as rules that reduce negative externalities within the community. These features are designed to internalize externalities and maximize the value of the community to customers. We discuss how private planners, in contrast to government zoning boards, have an incentive to figure out which community features consumers value. Using this master-planned community as an example of a successful corporate venture, we show that the private sector can successfully provide zoning on a citywide scale.
Find the article at the Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy.