Creating Sustainable Communities Through Incentive Zoning

May 22, 2009
Philip Schaffner (MPP '09, Harvard Kennedy School) and Jake Waxman (MPP '09, Harvard Kennedy School)

This working paper was originally prepared as a Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE), which is the capstone of the Kennedy School’s Master in Public Policy (MPP) curriculum and the equivalent of a master's thesis, and is a professional product, meant to clarify and address a practical policy or management problem for a real-world client. The client for this PAE was Massachusetts State Representative William Brownsberger (D-Belmont). The faculty advisor was David Luberoff, Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

This PAE was the winner of the Taubman Urban Prize, as the best student research on urban issues produced in the 2008-2009 academic year. The PAE was also named one of the best PAEs produced by Kennedy School students in 2008 - 2009. The PAE’s authors – Philip Schaffner and Jake Waxman - both received their Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School in June 2009.

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