Impediments to teleworking in live/ work communities: local planning regulations and tax policies

Alizadeh, Tooran and Sipe, Neil Gavin (2013) Impediments to teleworking in live/ work communities: local planning regulations and tax policies. Urban Policy and Research, 31 2: 208-224. doi:10.1080/08111146.2013.779919


Author Alizadeh, Tooran
Sipe, Neil Gavin
Title Impediments to teleworking in live/ work communities: local planning regulations and tax policies
Journal name Urban Policy and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1476-7244
0811-1146
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08111146.2013.779919
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 208
End page 224
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract It was hoped that increased teleworking would reduce traffic congestion leading to lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions, other air pollutants, storm water runoff and noise. However, despite recent technological advancements in telecommunication, telework adoption rates are still lower than initially projected and thus the purported benefits are also lower. The literature suggests that this is related to organisational and institutional barriers. This article examines two institutional issues that appear to be hindering telework at the local scale—land-use planning regulations and tax policies. These were two of the main issues identified through interviews with residents of two live/work communities, one in Australia and the other in the USA. Findings suggest that if policy-makers want to increase teleworking rates, attention should be focused on removing barriers created by local land-use planning regulations and tax policies. With the resurgent interest in telework as a result of the National Broadband Network, this article provides some timely advice to help decision-makers add value to this multi-billion dollar investment.
Keyword Live/work communities
Telework
Planning
Land use
Taxation
Australia
USA
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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