Each goal has strategies specific to achieving it. Many of those strategies apply to multiple goals. Throughout the planning process, we identified a set of broader strategies that may not be specific to a goal or set of goals but underlie the entire plan and play an important role in realizing our regional vision.
Focusing energy around key activity centers and the corridors that connect them helps promote livable, vibrant, resilient and adaptable places. Strong amenities enhance residents’ quality of life and preserve the variety of distinctive neighborhoods throughout the region while fostering stronger communities. In those areas with existing infrastructure, concentrated development can revitalize communities.
Strong centers and corridors serve vulnerable populations and can help ensure equal access to opportunity across the region. See the map below to view the activity centers and planning corridors in the region.
Development of centers and corridors through a diversity of land uses makes multi-modal transportation possible. This diversity offers an optimal setting for expanded choices in transportation, housing, employment and leisure activities. In some cases, activity centers will function as mobility hubs where users can connect to different modes. Ensuring that mobility services are located in and connect to those centers will serve as a foundation for strong centers.
As mobility innovations emerge, integrating them into centers and corridors will help future proof and secure the vitality of our transportation network. It will be imperative though to ensure equitable access to all technological advances. Strong centers and corridors will better support automated and connected vehicles through the concentration of goods, services, housing and employment in areas that would no longer require extensive parking but instead offer drop-off/pick-up locations closer to intended destinations. Coordinating goods movement into the centers and along the corridors will directly impact their success.
Complete streets will make both our centers and corridors safer places not only for pedestrians and bicyclists but for all travel modes. The integration of green infrastructure into the centers and corridors system will make those areas more resilient and contribute to their vibrancy. A diversity of modes, including fixed-route transit, trails and bikeways, will allow equitable access to goods and services in addition to contributing to better air quality. Strategically strengthening our centers and corridors could expand our regional transit and multi-modal services.
Our current system serves our centers and corridors. As we continue to strengthen the implementation of our centers and corridors, investment choices should be reviewed for both their economic and environmental impacts. Centers will need to be prioritized and refined in conjunction with local jurisdictions and stakeholders. Preserving it will directly influence their strength. The success of our centers and corridors won’t be only based on economic development but their ability to serve and connect in times of emergency and their ability to rebound.