Infrastructure Planning and Finance is a non-technical guide to the engineering, planning, and financing of major infrastucture projects in the United States, providing both step-by-step guidance, and a broad overview of the technical, political, and economic challenges of creating lasting infrastructure in the 21st Century.
Infrastructure Planning and Finance is designed for the local practitioner or student who wants to learn the basics of how to develop an infrastructure plan, a program, or an individual infrastructure project. A team of authors with experience in public works, planning, and city government explain the history and economic environment of infrastructure and capital planning, addressing common tools like the comprehensive plan, sustainability plans, and local regulations. The book guides readers through the preparation and development of comprehensive plans and infrastructure projects, and through major funding mechanisms, from bonds, user fees, and impact fees to privatization and competition. The rest of the book describes the individual infrastructure systems: their elements, current issues and a 'how-to-do-it' section that covers the system and the comprehensive plan, development regulations and how it can be financed. Innovations such as decentralization, green and blue-green technologies are described as well as local policy actions to achieve a more sustainable city are also addressed. Chapters include water, wastewater, solid waste, streets, transportation, airports, ports, community facilities, parks, schools, energy and telecommunications. Attention is given to how local policies can ensure a sustainable and climate friendly infrastructure system, and how planning for them can be integrated across disciplines.
Part 1: Introducing Infrastructure 1. Infrastructure and Today’s Challenges 2. Emergence of Infrastructure in the United States 3. Social and Economic Underpinnings of the Demand for Infrastructure 4. Institutions of Infrastructure: The Providers Part 2: Planning and Developing Infrastructure—Rules, Responsibilities, and Practices 5. The Planning and Delivery System 6. Comprehensive Planning for Infrastructure 7. Infrastructure and Facilities Planning 8. Development Rules and Infrastructure 9. Capital Improvement Plan, the Budget, and Strategic Planning 10. Life Cycle Asset Management Part 3: Financing Infrastructure 11. Local Revenue Sources 12. Bonds and Borrowing 13. User Fees and Public Pricing 14. Exactions and Impact Fees 15. Competition and Privatization Part 4: The Environmental Systems 16. Water Supply 17. Wastewater 18. Stormwater 19. Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Part 5: Transportation 20. Streets and Streetscapes 21. Automobile and Mass Transit 22. Airports 23. Ports and Waterfronts Part 6: Community Facilities 24. Public and Quasi-Public Buildings 25. Public Schools as Public Infrastructure: Schools, Community, and Land Use Planning 26. Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Part 7: Energy and Telecommunications 27. Energy and Power 28. Telecommunications 29. Conclusion