Western Infill Development
The US Department of Environmental Protection recently reported that there had been marked increases in the proportion of new residential household construction in previously developed areas. This kind of “infill” development has been identified as providing important regional environmental advantages associated with reduced travel and reduced consumption of agricultural, recreational, and environmentally sensitive lands. While infill development accounted for 21% of all new housing construction in the US between 2000 and 2009, there were substantial differences between regions.
Western metros tended to be well below the national average, with the exception of the Salt Lake City Metro, which is well above the national average.