Governments’ Comprehensive Plans Essential Factor
in Real Estate Valuation, Says Journal Article
CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2011) — Real estate appraisers must consider
the impact of local governments’ comprehensive plans when producing appraisals,
according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal’s Summer issue.
The Appraisal Journal is the quarterly technical and academic publication of the
Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest organization of real estate appraisers.
The materials presented in the publication represent the opinions and views of the
authors and not necessarily those of the Appraisal Institute.
“Use of the Local Comprehensive Plan in the Appraisal Process,” by Wayne Rasmussen,
examines the important impact of a jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan on property’s
current and potential value.
A comprehensive plan typically addresses land use, traffic routes, housing location
and density, conservation and open space, noise, and safety. A plan also may establish
urban limit lines that act as growth boundaries. The author notes that these governmental
policies create both obstacles and incentives for development affecting the value
of real estate.
The study reported in the Journal is significant because many times plan maps are
used without a review of the accompanying text that sets out the intent and future
plans of the governmental body creating the plan. The study advises that maps alone
offer only a partial picture of a property’s potential. Background information,
policy guidance and references in a plan have a significant impact and need to be
understood before the appraiser reaches a conclusion of the highest and best use
of the land and its value.
Rasmussen is president of Rasmussen Planning, Inc., a land use planning consulting
firm located in San Ramon, Calif. He served as city planner at four cities in the
San Francisco Bay Area between 1976 and 2005 before establishing his current practice
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Use of the Local Comprehensive Plan in the Appraisal Process in the Summer
2011 issue of The Appraisal Journal.
Also in The Appraisal Journal’s Summer 2011 issue:
“Revisiting the Valuation of Timberland,” by Kim M. Kobriger, Ph.D., MAI, Cameron
Boone, James Weiss and Andrew Chambers, examines how appraisers can help their noncommercial
clients estimate the value of timber on their land when an expensive analysis by
a forestry industry expert is beyond the needs of these clients.
“Using TEEM-Work to Extend Your Reach on the Real Estate/Business Value Continuum,”
by Franz H. Ross and Adam A. Alessi, MAI, offers a simplified method for measuring
the business enterprise component in an appraisal of a going concern.
“Implementing a Quality Control Review Process: The Need for Quality Control Review,”
by Scott Schafer, explains internal quality control processes that help meet client
needs and improve appraisal reports.
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