Illustration of neighborhood and active residents

place


an efficient and predictable development pattern

desired outcomes

  • Diverse urban, suburban and rural residences in Denver

    The region is comprised of diverse, livable communities.

    The Denver metro region will continue to embrace its diverse urban, suburban and rural communities. Varied housing and transportation options, access to employment and a range of services and recreational opportunities will promote livable communities that meet the needs of people of all ages, incomes and abilities.

  • Orderly urban development in the Denver region

    Through a coordinated effort between DRCOG and local communities, new urban development occurs in an orderly and compact pattern within regionally designated growth areas.

    A process to identify local and regional urban growth priorities helps the region manage the growth of the region’s urban footprint. While locally adopted policies and market demand determine the location of urban development, local commitments to coordinate and collaborate on the expansion of urban growth lead to better use of regional resources for infrastructure, reduced regional vehicle travel and conservation of open land.

  • Pedestrians, cars and cyclists commute through the Denver region

    Connected urban centers and multimodal corridors throughout the region accomodate a growing share of the region’s housing and employment.

    The location and context of each center define its unique character. They are transit-, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly places that contain a diverse mix of land uses and are denser than their surrounding areas; and are designed to allow people of all ages, incomes and abilities to access a range of housing, employment and services without sole reliance on having to drive. Urban centers provide public spaces where people can gather; help reduce per capita vehicle miles traveled, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption; and respect and support existing neighborhoods. The region includes a wide array of urban centers including, but not limited to traditional downtowns, transit station areas, employment centers and smaller scale compact mixed-use development in suburban settings.

A connected urban center in Westminster

The City of Westminster has reinvigorated the site of a former mall, exemplifying the region’s vision for urban centers as multimodal transportation, housing and employment hubs.

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 an efficient and predictable development pattern, DRCOG will use the performance measures outlined below.

  • urban center housing

    share of total housing units


    2014 Baseline | 10.0%

    2016 Observation | 10.7%

    2040 Target | 25.0%

  • urban center employment

    share of total employment


    2010 Baseline | 36.3%

    2016 Observation | 35.5%

    2040 Target | 50.0%

  • regional population - weighted density

    people per square mile


    2014 Baseline | 4,850

    2016 Observation | 4,980

    2040 Target | 25%

    increase from 2014

  • 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 an efficient and predictable development pattern.

1001 17th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-455-1000

Fax: 303-480-6790

©2019 DRCOG