Connected urban centers and multimodal corridors throughout the region accomodate a growing share of the region’s housing and employment.
While each urban center is unique, all urban centers will:
Some urban centers already exist but continue to evolve. Other urban centers are only just now beginning to develop. Still other urban centers exist only as local plans.
Through Metro Vision, local governments have collectively decided to direct a significant portion of growth and development to urban centers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve community livability, enhance economic vitality and focus a portion of the region’s limited transportation funding in areas with potential for the greatest local and regional impact.
Out of the 50+ local governments that make up DRCOG, 26 have designated 105 urban centers through the region. Together, they hold over a tenth of the region’s housing supply and over a third of the region’s jobs while making up about one percent of the region’s area.
Local governments identify urban centers through their own visioning and planning activities. They can then seek regional designation in Metro Vision. In May 2018 the DRCOG Board of Directors amended Metro Vision to include one new urban center and four boundary updates to current urban centers for:
If you have questions about how to identify, change, expand or refocus an urban center through Metro Vision, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find links to Urban Center and Station Area Master Planning studies funded by DRCOG.
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