Public Administration ETDs

Publication Date

Winter 1-7-2020


Around the globe cities are growing and expanding in size. The increase in urban areas changes the face of our planet. Since every city, county, and state have a set amount of land that they can conserve or develop, this thesis investigates factors that impact land conservation or land development for housing. It also establishes the relations between land use, economic, social, and environmental processes in the selected area. From the very beginning, this paper researches different approaches to land use that help municipalities maintain and use their land resources.

The focus of this research is an area of land in an urban environment. This thesis develops a hypothetical conceptual model with five levels of analysis, based on conducted research, and applies it to analyze the City of Albuquerque, as a case study. This paper also researches current methods of funding for public land conservation in Albuquerque. Analysis of policies, programs, ordinances, and plans that the City of Albuquerque uses in the context of its interactions with Bernalillo County and the State of New Mexico shows the process of land use governance. Qualitative analysis describes factors that impact land conservation. Statistical analysis provides information on what factors influence housing value.

Degree Name

Public Administration

Level of Degree


Department Name

School of Public Administration

First Committee Member (Chair)

Prof. Leon-Moreta

Second Committee Member

Prof. Perlman

Third Committee Member

Prof. Simon




land conservation, urban, housing development, governance

Document Type