Development Impact Analysis
Milford Casino Proposal Surrounding Community Impact AnalysisMilford, Massachusetts
In association with MAPC and Larry Koff Associates (LKA), Community Opportunities Group, Inc. (COG) conducted an analysis of the housing, economic, and fiscal impacts in the immediate region of the proposed Foxwoods casino in Milford, MA. The team reviewed reports generated by the casino’s consultant team, studied the experiences of host communities for other casinos and analyzed the impacts of similar casino projects elsewhere in New England and the US.
Positive and negative impacts on economic development in Milford and nearby communities that were examined included potential impacts on surrounding retail and other services, impacts on small businesses, including those in the downtowns and commercial villages of nearby communities, impacts on tourism and existing hotels or lodging and impacts on nearby entertainment venues. COG also conducted a review of the project’s potential impact on the regional housing market and its ability to absorb new residents of varying incomes.
Working as consultants to MAPC, the consultant team evaluated the applicant’s assessment of the overall tax revenue and service costs implications for nearby communities. LKA and COG estimated direct and indirect impacts on revenue sources such as proposed direct service cost payments, property taxes, hotel and motel taxes, local meals tax, and other local fees and payments. The consultants also analyzed the potential impacts on municipal services such as fire, police, public works, general government, and schools.
Project date: 2013