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Rapid expansion took place in the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1950 through 1970. The new developments often occurred some distance away from the existing city. This pattern of growth has resulted in vacant, undeveloped parcels of land scattered throughout the city. These undeveloped areas reveal the economic disadvantages of annexing new land to the existing city limits when so much vacant land is available for development within.

There are three major problem areas which discuss possible methods for prompting residential development on some of these vacant parcels. Problem area number one discusses one method for lowering land costs and prompting vacant land onto the market. Problem area number two is a general analysis of zoning reform as it relates to residential infill development in the city. Several new zoning districts were suggested.

The third problem area relates to the developers' orientation and investigates residential planned unit developments, homeowners' associations, and townhouses. The discussion of these three items is essential for understanding the economic studies included on two parcels of infill land. They were used to determine the feasibility of building a residential planned unit development on infill land. Two separate sets of conditions were examined. First the parcel was developed under the existing development conditions. Next it was developed based on some of the changes recommended herein. This two-step comparison was made for both parcels of land. The construction cost data collected for the two residential planned unit devel­opments was broken down and applied to an individual unit in both projects. This made it possible to compare the final sales price of one unit in the study to a comparable unit currently being marketed in Albuquerque. Next, four new existing single family homes, and four new townhouses were compared with those in the study. An assessment was then made of the feasibility of a residential planned unit development built on infill land.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

William Weismantel

Second Committee Member

Donald A Peterson

Third Committee Member

Michel Louis Roger Pillet


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