Solimar's mission is to provide solid research and policy analysis on land-use and related issues so that government land-use policymakers can make informed decisions. Land-use decisions are often made in a highly charged political environment, sometimes with little information about whether they will be effective. Solimar is committed to building a stronger base of solid knowledge with which to make decisions about local and regional land use, metropolitan growth patterns, and related policy concerns. We use a combination of geographical, statistical, and qualitative methods to provide a well-rounded view
Solimar specializes in helping public agencies craft policies that "make infill work," and in helping private developers find infill sites. Our analytical methods combine current land use, market conditions, the regulatory environment, aerial photography, GIS data, and other datasets to assess available land resources in an innovative way.
Solimar has devised and assessed transferable development rights programs throughout the country. Unlike other TDR consultants, Solimar uses expertise in environmental and land economics and brings a market-oriented approach to TDR projects, thus helping to ensure that TDR systems actually achieve land conservation and urban development goals in their implementation.
Solimar also has a wide range of experience in evaluating other planning policies and tools, including the creation and assessment of growth management systems as well as implementation assistance for "smart growth" policies.
In the arena of demographic and economic, Solimar can combine conventional analytical tools with innovative approaches that once again provide a level of detail and sophistication lacking in most planning reports.
Solimar also provides a variety of other services, including:
A New Step in Smart Growth!
Bill Fulton and Solimar Resarch Group are now a part of Design, Community & Environment.
Solimar in conjunction with Los Angeles County releases infill study on the proposed Exposition light rail line in South Los Angeles
Exposition Line Infill Development Potential Analysis (PDF, 3.89 MB)
Solimar in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and the Southern California Association of Governments releases infill study on unincorporated urban areas of Los Angeles County.
Study of Infill Development Potential in the Unincorporated Areas of Los Angeles County (PDF, 3.53 MB)
BooksThe Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles
Author: William Fulton
Published: August 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press