Cost of Community Services Studies

Cost of Community Services (COCS) studies are a case study approach used to determine the fiscal contribution of existing local land uses. A subset of the much larger field of fiscal analysis, COCS studies have emerged as an inexpensive and reliable tool to measure direct fiscal relationships. Their particular niche is to evaluate working and open lands on equal ground with residential, commercial and industrial land uses.

COCS studies are a snapshot in time of costs versus revenues for each type of land use. They do not predict future costs or revenues or the impact of future growth. They do provide a baseline of current information to help local officials and citizens make informed land use and policy decisions. 

Downloadable Documents: 
Author: 
American Farmland Trust
Publisher: 
Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust
Page Numbers: 
6
Publication Date: 
August 1, 2010
Literature Category: 
Fact Sheets and Technical Memos