Land Use

Goal:

Encourage local governments throughout the region to create up-to-date, consistent, and coordinated comprehensive plans.

 


Strategic Regional Issue #25

Comprehensive Planning

What's The Issue?

There are few truly comprehensive plans at the local government level which link land use policies with transportation planning and capital budgeting.

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Strategic Regional Issue #26

Fragmentation

What's The Issue?

There is major fragmentation of political, legal, and land use authority in the region, including wide variations among state planning laws.

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Strategic Regional Issue #27

Public Costs of Development

What's The Issue?

The public costs associated with new development are not widely understood, leading to developments that may not generate anticipated revenues.

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Strategic Regional Issue #28

Land Consumption

What's The Issue?

Land is being consumed for new development at a rate three times faster than population growth, resulting in a decrease in population density and population movement toward communities farther away from current centers of population and employment.

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Strategic Regional Issue #29

Brownfield Development

What's The Issue?

There is a tendency in the region to develop vacant land on the suburban fringe because greenfield development is more economical and less constrained than brownfield redevelopment.

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Strategic Regional Issue #30

Isolation of Uses

What's The Issue?

Low-density developments, and the isolation of residential, work place, institutional and shopping uses increases the per-unit cost of public facilities, taxes or user fees, and the level of income needed to obtain housing.

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Strategic Regional Issue #31

Public Health

What's The Issue?

The impacts of the built environment and mobility options on public health have implications for where and how we choose to live, work and play, and are not always considered when communities make land use decisions.

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Strategic Regional Issue #32

Demographic Shift

What's the Issue?

Major demographic shifts are creating needs for new types of housing, infrastructure, modes of travel, health care and community services, and are not always considered when communities make land use decisions.

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