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    Employment density

    I'm looking for a good source on employment density by land use type. What I need is something that tells me how many jobs per acre (hectare, or whatever) different land uses provide. An example would be restaurants provide X jobs per acre, retail stores Y jobs per acre, etc.

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    You would be better off using jobs per square foot of building, rather than acres, as that measure would be less accurate. If you have to get jobs per acre, then figure out a realistic building to land area ratio and base your numbers on that. There are a handful of sources out there. ULI is one of the better ones. Like ITE numbers, what you get is highly suspect, though.
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    I concur w/ Cardinal's comment about suspect information. There is a huge difference from area to area and business sub=types as well. The jobs per acre is especially problematic as it may depend a lot on allowed density. I would look to local data as much as possible. Might trust a small sample of local over a national average.

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    The old transportation demand model rule was the following;

    Industrial = 1 employee per 1000 SF
    Retial = 1 employee per 500 SF
    Office = 1 employee per 300 SF

    Most employment based land use will fit in this.

    PS...you could convert this to acres via a FAR for the subject property. That minus parking and recharge areas.
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    Quote Originally posted by Flying Monkeys View post
    The old transportation demand model rule was the following;

    Industrial = 1 employee per 1000 SF
    Retial = 1 employee per 500 SF
    Office = 1 employee per 300 SF

    Most employment based land use will fit in this.

    PS...you could convert this to acres via a FAR for the subject property. That minus parking and recharge areas.
    Is this gross square footage or net square footage?

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