Illustration of rural home

environment


a safe and resilient natural and built environment

desired outcomes

  • Creek with rushing water

    The region has clean water and air, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

    The region meets or exceeds applicable federal, state, and local requirements and regional targets for air and water quality.

  • Woman standing on rock overlooks lake

    The region values, protects and connects people to its diverse natural resource areas, open space, parks and trails.

    The region’s protection and restoration of its diverse natural resource areas—its mountain backdrop, unique prairie landscapes, extensive riparian corridors and other open space areas, parks and trails—is essential as the region continues to grow. Access to these areas provides the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational pursuits that support physical and mental health and wellness.

  • Grain silos in rural farmland

    The region’s working agricultural lands and activities contribute to a strong regional food system.

    Working agricultural lands are essential to the region’s heritage, health and economic and cultural diversity. Livestock feeding and production, growing feed and forage crops for livestock, food production, or greenhouse and nursery crops, agricultural lands and operations of all sizes create jobs in the region, support economic vitality and promote healthier communities by bringing people closer to their food source.

  • Mountainside with dead, fallen trees

    The risks and effects of natural and human-created hazards are reduced.

    Hazard mitigation planning reduces injuries and loss of life, trauma, and damage to property, equipment and infrastructure. Communities are more resilient when planning also accounts for disaster response and recovery.

Reducing natural and man-made disasters

To keep residents healthy and economies strong, the region’s communities are exploring ways to reduce injuries, deaths, trauma and damage in disasters and traumatic events.

performance measures

Performance measures are critically important in monitoring the region’s progress toward Metro Vision themes and outcomes. They are used to obtain regular measurement of outcomes and results. They also generate reliable data to help local governments and partners evaluate policies, programs and initiatives. As part of its reporting on plan progress toward a safe and resilient natural and built environment, DRCOG will use the performance measures outlined below.

  • surface transportation greenhouse gas (ghg)

    pounts of carbon dioxide equivalent GHG emissions per capita per day


    2010 Baseline | 26.1

    2016 Observation | 25.2

    2040 Target | 60%

    decrease from 2010

  • protected open space

    square miles


    2014 Baseline | 1,724

    2016 Observation | 1,743

    2040 Target | 1,980

  • housing in high-risk areas

    share of total housing


    2014 Baseline | 1.10%

    2016 Observation | 1.07%

    2040 Target | Less than 0.90%

  • employment in high-risk areas

    share of total employment


    2014 Baseline | 2.90%

    2016 Observation | 2.95%

    2040 Target | less than 2.50%

  • comprehensive performance measures status report

discover more

Find current and past plans, data, research, reports, presentations and events to improve your ability to get involved and stay active in creating and sustaining a safe and resilient natural and built environment.

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