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14-11: Leveraging Land: Land-Based Finance
Friday, 24/Mar/2017:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: MC C2-135

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ID: 984 / 14-11: 1
MasterClass - learning day events

Leveraging Land: Land-based Finance for Local Governments

Lawrence Walters1, Liz Paterson2, Jean duPlessis2, Rebecca Ochong2

1Brigham Young University, United States of America; 2UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) have released a new (2016) training package for land-based local government financing tools. This masterclass will introduce the package’s content and training methods. The package combines three powerful elements: (1) a discussion of the seven most common tools and a summary of the most recent literature on each, presented in a reader; (2) 21 case studies illustrating both strengths and weaknesses in the application of the tools, and (3) an interactive joint learning environment that can be adapted to the needs of participants and promotes learning through the development of individualized action plans. The seven tools covered are the annual tax on land and property, including the site value tax; betterment charges and special assessments; developer exactions and impact fees; land value capture taxes; the sale of development rights; the sale and leasing of public lands; and transfer taxes and stamp duties. The masterclass will focus on the package content, structure and training strategies. Participants will be asked to assess the relevance of, and potential for the training in their own context.

Dr. Walters is an Emeritus Professor of Public Management at the Romney Institute of Public Management, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. He continues to teach courses on land and real estate taxation at the International Institute of Urban Management (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. His research has received national awards for excellence. He has served as an advisor to a number of governments at all levels. He recently completed a co-edited volume on property tax policy and administration and a UN-Habitat property tax policy guide for developing countries. His most recent work is focused on developing land-based financing tools and training materials for developing countries. Dr. Walters received his PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.