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    Land Use Densities

    What are the industrial, commercial, retail and residential development densities in rual areas of Texas?

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    That's quite a question. You are going to have to drill this down a little more for us.

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    Sounds like another "someone do my homework" thread. :/

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    I've never seen industrial, commercial, and retail uses measured by density.

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    i assume the poster means FAR for non residential. It is a measure of density.

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    Thanks for your reply.

    My friend you are absolutely right thats what I am looking for the FAR for rural areas in Texas for industrial, commercial and retail developments.

    Any suugestions or links would be helpful.



    Well how you wanna take it as a homework or challenge ....
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    Quote Originally posted by vgarg View post
    Thanks for your reply.

    My friend you are absolutely right thats what I am looking for the FAR for rural areas in Texas for industrial, commercial and retail developments.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    At the risk of sounding mean and glib, then you need to contact some of rural municipalities in Texas and see if they have that information.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    are you looking for permissible numbers (ie. office at .4 FAR) or what's been built? Two different questions.

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    Other things making the question difficult to answer:

    * Incorporated communities will each have their own standars. Some use FAR with property line setbacks, while others might use property line setbacks. Other factors, such as required parking, setbacks from riparian corridors, the presence of wetlands, and landscaping standards will affect the intensively of site development. Don't dismiss market forces; if land is inexpensive, there's no incentive to use it efficiently.

    * Even if you do know that the zoning requires, not every building lot will be developed at the maximum permitted lot coverage.

    * Counties in Texas do not have the power to zone land. Most of rural Texas is unzoned.

    * Define "rural."

    * Define "industry." Are oil pumps "industry?" If they are, the counties around Midland/Odessa would be the most heavily industrialized rural area in Texas. If feed lots are "industry," then the industrial density of rural sections of the Panhandle will dwarf even the Buffalo Bayou.

    * What is considered "dense" development in Van Horn will seem extremely sparse by Texarkana standards. In west Texas, outside of urban areas and some county seats, there's nothing. Really - nothing. Drive from Dell City to El Paso, and you'll pass by exactly one diner. Between EP and Van Horn, there's nothing except the occasional gas station and ranch.

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    Quote Originally posted by gkmo62u View post
    rj

    i assume the poster means FAR for non residential. It is a measure of density.
    I disagree. I view FAR and impervious coverage as a measure of intensity. Density is expressed in the number of dwelling units per acre, in my experience.

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    Population Densities

    Quote Originally posted by vgarg View post
    What are the industrial, commercial, retail and residential development densities in rual areas of Texas?
    Quote Originally posted by Chet View post
    Sounds like another "someone do my homework" thread. :/
    For homework, I suggest that you find the densities of urban areas and other non-rural land and then subtract that from the total land area of Texas. The remainder would be the answer to your question. Urban areas are about 30 per acre.

    For the entire Nation the density of population is about 8 or 9 persons per acre:
    2.5 billion acres/300 million = 8.3

    It is possible to place the entire 6 billion population of the earth in Texas without crowding.
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