NBAP webinar: "Shorter Roads Go a Long Way"

The New Brunswick Association of Planners has an upcoming webinar (English only) and they are extending invitations. This is a solid opportunity, as, in the world of planning it is always beneficial to immerse ourselves in broad perspectives and contexts. 

Upcoming Learning Event: Webinar, May 26th at 3 pm AST

Shorter Roads go a Long Way

The amount residents need to pay in taxes depends, in part, on one crucial question: how much road network do their taxes need to fund? There is four-to-five times more road length per person in many exurban communities than in many downtowns, implying that tax payers need to carry that burden — or that downtowns subsidize such exurban developments. Road length per person is a valuable indicator of municipal costs for each neighbourhood, encompassing direct costs such as snow plowing and road maintenance and indirect costs such as garbage collection, school bussing, and similar. 

In this presentation, we present our research on the relationship between road-length per person and costs in communities across Canada, with a focus on communities in the Maritimes. We present the relationship between this indicator and other outcomes, such as mode share. We also discuss how municipalities can use this indicator to reduce their costs and plan for growth. 


Tristan Cleveland

Tristan is an urban planner and researcher with Happy City, a consultancy that uses the science of wellbeing to create healthier, happier and more inclusive communities. He is also a PhD candidate at Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute, where he conducts research on how to transform car-oriented communities to become healthy, thriving, walkable communities. Tristan’s writing on urban issues has appeared in StrongTowns, Planetizen, the National Post, Spacing, and elsewhere, and he has spoken on the connection between urban design and wellbeing in cities around the world.

Paul Dec

Paul is a planner with UPLAND Planning + Design Studio based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. His work focuses on development planning, main streets, urban design rules, strategic growth planning and the complexities of land use planning and infrastructure development.

Thursday, May 26, 2022