Category Archives: Priority

Reduce Commuting Costs

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Why Is This a Priority?

Commuting costs represent the out-of-pocket expenses household expense of getting from home to work and include items such as vehicle purchase, vehicle maintenance, and transit. Costs vary by household according to the number of vehicles, average distance traveled, and available travel modes for a household.

How Do We Get There?

  • Identify and resolve barriers to constructing new housing consistent with a community’s needs.
  • Align land use with economic development planning to support community goals and priorities.
  • Encourage policies that support options for multiple transit modes and complete streets. Support use of fuel efficient vehiclesCircus-Large kids and/or that utilize alternative sources of energy (e.g., electric, CNG).
  • Partner with transit providers and employers to develop innovative tools to encourage public transit use and reduce overall costs.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Consider the cost of your commute.
  • Talk to your employer about telecommuting or flexible work schedules.
  • Walk, bike, or take transit to work.
  • Talk to your employer about supporting alternative transportation incentive programs and offering bicycle facilities.

Regional GIS Data Center

Flazingo Photos

Career Headlight

Land Use Modeling

Transit Readiness Assessment and Primer

Brownfield/Greyfield Redevelopment Toolkit

Community-Based Housing Strategies

Educating Officials about Housing Diversity

Transit Oriented Development Incentives

Workforce Housing Incentives

Broadband Access

Increase Housing Choices

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that housing choices are important to them – being able to choose from options, sizes, and price points for single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, and senior-living units. Encouraging diversity in our housing stock provides more options for people to live in communities close to work or school, as well as have options for housing at all stages of life.Perth

How Do We Get There?

  • Develop programs and resources to design and execute rehabilitation and redevelopment activities.
  • Identify and resolve barriers to constructing new housing consistent with a community’s needs.
  • Incorporate more contemporary housing and neighborhood design features with all rehab and new construction.
  • Create opportunities for a range of new housing in target areas through:
    • removal of “other vacant” dwellings not available
    • rehabilitation of existing structures
    • redevelopment of existing vacant buildings and underutilized housing

What Can Residents Do?

  • Talk to community leaders about your housing needs.
  • Encourage your local officials to support housing incentives, for example senior housing.

Regional GIS Data Center

Energy Efficient Residential Practices and Funding

Telemedicine

Mixed Use Development and Design Guidelines

Conservation Development

Greenways and Trails Planning

Inclusionary Zoning

Land Use Modeling

Infill Development

Community-Based Housing Strategies

Educating Officials about Housing Diversity

Transit Oriented Development Incentives

Newcomer Community Resource Guide

Housing Rehabilitation

Workforce Housing Incentives

Housing Accessibility

Broadband Access

Improve Air Quality

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that improving air quality, by reducing pollutants in the air is important to our health and economy. We can reduce emissions and improve our environment by providing more choices in how and where we live, get around, and develop our communities.

How Do We Get There?

  • Increase collaboration among local academic, business and government entities.
  • Communicate the connection between air quality and public health.
  • Remove black carbon from diesel construction equipment.
  • Monitor the economics of renewable energy resources and encourage new private-public partnerships.
  • Create incentives to increase use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in new and existing buildings and vehicles.
  • Reduce energy consumption by increasing transportation choices and making communities more walkable.

What Can Residents Do?

  • For short trips, consider walking or biking instead of driving.
  • Plant a rain garden, use rain barrels to collect water, or plant a tree at home, your school, or your office.
  • Support funding for parks.
  • Use low-VOC paints or products and other measures to improve indoor air quality.
Donald.Kaden

Growth Management and Cooperation

Green Infrastructure

Indoor Air Quality Improvement

Regional GIS Data Center

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Tree Canopy Preservation

Inventory of Local Sustainability Policies and Programs

Freight Transportation Planning

Transportation Demand Management

Idling Reduction

Energy Efficient Residential Practices and Funding

Health Impact Assessments

Land Use Modeling

Active Living

Preserving and Building Parks

Fare-Free Transit Service

Wayfinding for Trails and Transit (Active Wayfinding)

Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficient Vehicles

Complete Streets

Clean Construction Assessment

Energy Management Plans for Public Buildings

Improve Water Quality

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said the environment, specifically clean water with fewer pollutants, is important to ensure the health of residents and the environment. Reducing impervious surfaces, stormwater runoff, and pollutants will help to improve water quality throughout the CONNECT region.

How Do We Get There?

  • Reduce and efficiently use water in the region’s energy production.
  • Utilize green infrastructure and other stormwater management best practices to reduce runoff.
  • Preserve environmentally sensitive land in key watershedsBourne.
  • Extend stream corridors and buffers.
  • Maintain and update existing infrastructure.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Conserve water - turn off the faucet, take shorter showers, and limit usage when watering your yard!
  • Plant a rain garden, use rain barrels to collect water, or plant a tree at home, your school, or your office.
  • Support public protection environmentally sensitive land and waterways.

Green Infrastructure

bobistraveling

Water Resource Protection

Regional GIS Data Center

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Tree Canopy Preservation

Hazard Mitigation Planning and Implementation

Inventory of Local Sustainability Policies and Programs

Conservation Development

Land Use Modeling

Water Conservation Education

Public Private Partnerships

Energy Management Plans for Public Buildings

Increase Transportation Choices

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said more transportation choices are important to their quality of life and health. Encouraging alternative development patterns (e.g., TOD), building and retrofitting complete streets, and developing bike and walking trails are just a few ways to ensure that residents of the CONNECT region have the option to choose a variety of transportation modes.

How Do We Get There?

  • Consider alternative transportation modes in the design of public developments and projects.
  • Increase collaboration among local academic, business and government entities. Communicate the relationship between air quality and climate change issues and public health.
  • Partner with local government to promote development that includes equitable distribution of schools, shopping, parks, grocery stores, and other amenities.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Choose to bike, walk, or take transit to work instead of driving your car.
  • Participate in community-wide planning for bike, transit and pedestrian improvements.
  • Talk to your employer about supporting alternative transportation incentive programs and offering bicycle facilities.

Walking and Bicycle Audits and Planning

Rural Transportation

Midtown Crossing at Turner's Point

Creative Public Finance

Public Engagement Tools and Techniques

Regional GIS Data Center

Subarea Plans

Inventory of Local Sustainability Policies and Programs

Freight Transportation Planning

Transportation Demand Management

Park and Greenway Access

DC Greens

“Buy Local” Campaign

Safe Routes to School

Telemedicine

Mixed Use Development and Design Guidelines

GIS Community Assessment

Greenways and Trails Planning

Inclusionary Zoning

Land Use Modeling

Transit Readiness Assessment and Primer

Active Living

Transportation Corridor Preservation

Transit Oriented Development Incentives

Public Private Partnerships

Fare-Free Transit Service

Mobile Health Clinics

Improve Access to Parks and Open Space

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that access to parks, greenways, nature preserve, recreational fields, open space, and other natural amenities are important to their health and overall quality of life. Planning for parks and open spaces near existing or future population centers will provide residents with more opportunities for recreation closer to home.

How Do We Get There?

  • Partner with local government to promote development that includes equitable distribution of schools, shopping, parks, grocery stores, and other amenities.
  • Create a mechanism for identifying how planning efforts may affect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities, who disproportionately exhibit poorer health status and outcomes in the region.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Join a “Friends of” the park group
  • Communicate issues and ideas to improve parks by speaking to your local parks and recreation department
  • Support funding for parks
  • Form a walking or biking group and use your local parks and trails!

Walking and Bicycle Audits and Planning

Rural Transportation

Green Infrastructure

Midtown Crossing at Turner's Point

Creative Public Finance

Public Engagement Tools and Techniques

Regional GIS Data Center

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Tree Canopy Preservation

Hazard Mitigation Planning and Implementation

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Regional Cooperation

Land Trusts

Park and Greenway Access

Doug Butchy

Shared Use Public Facilities and Services

Parks Promotion Campaigns

Health Impact Assessments

Safe Routes to School

GIS Community Assessment

Conservation Development

Land Use Modeling

Active Living

Preserving and Building Parks

Transportation Corridor Preservation

Public Private Partnerships

Wayfinding for Trails and Transit (Active Wayfinding)

Support Local Farms

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said preserving farmland and local farms is important to protect the beauty of the region and create jobs. Ensuring the economic stability and long-term viability of local farms will assure that rural areas throughout the CONNECT region continue contributing.

How Do We Get There?

  • Bring food issues to the forefront of local government.
  • Support farmers and local food production.
  • Connect residents to their food systems.
  • Address equity and access to food.
  • Foster communication and collaboration among diverse stakeholders to improve food access and distribution.
  • Conduct Additional Research to identify how residents define “local” and determine the messages and values that resonate.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Shop at stores that stock locally sourced foods
  • Visit your local farmer’s market
  • Support legislation that promotes local farms and food production
Donald.Kaden

Growth Management and Cooperation

Local Food Councils

Farm to School

Regional GIS Data Center

Healthy Food Access Portal

Community Gardens

Heritage and Agri-Tourism

Land Trusts

Ken Hawkins

Voluntary Agriculture Districts

DC Greens

“Buy Local” Campaign

Composting

Conservation Development

Farm to Table

Land Use Modeling

Business and Education Training for Farmers

Maximize Return on Public Investment

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that controlling government spending, including the cost of providing public services, is important to improve efficiency and increase public trust. Maximizing revenue generated from development and utilizing data to make educated decisions about public investment will ensure that communities in the CONNECT region continue to provide needed services.

How Do We Get There?

  • Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and available data to make informed decisions about where to locate new services.
  • Reference the Preferred Growth Concept when making decisions about major public investments (transportation, water and sewer, etc.)
  • Identify and resolve barriers to constructing new housing consistent with a community’s needs.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Keep local officials accountable
  • Share information about your community using opensource GIS platforms and mobile apps (LocalData, OpenStreetMap, etc.)
Donald.Kaden

Growth Management and Cooperation

Return on Investment

Main Street Programs

Green Infrastructure

Strategic Economic Assessment Planning with Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

bobistraveling

Water Resource Protection

Eric Sehr

Mall-Suburban Corridor Retrofits

Midtown Crossing at Turner's Point

Creative Public Finance

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Hazard Mitigation Planning and Implementation

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Regional Cooperation

Idling Reduction

Public Health Database

Doug Butchy

Shared Use Public Facilities and Services

Adaptive Reuse of Buildings

Energy Efficient Residential Practices and Funding

Capital Improvements Programming

GIS Community Assessment

Composting

Greenways and Trails Planning

Inclusionary Zoning

Land Use Modeling

Infill Development

Water Conservation Education

Transportation Corridor Preservation

Brownfield/Greyfield Redevelopment Toolkit

Community-Based Housing Strategies

Educating Officials about Housing Diversity

Transit Oriented Development Incentives

Public Private Partnerships

Newcomer Community Resource Guide

Fare-Free Transit Service

Workforce Housing Incentives

Wayfinding for Trails and Transit (Active Wayfinding)

Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficient Vehicles

Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

Energy Management Plans for Public Buildings

Support Our Communities

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that cities and towns are important to quality of life, health, and the local economy. Encouraging and directing growth, including redevelopment and infill, inside existing communities instead of outside of them will ensure that vibrant downtowns and town centers will continue to thrive in the CONNECT region.Calgary

How Do We Get There?

  • Work with municipalities to monitor implementation of the Regional Growth Framework.
  • Create an annual report to track regional progress.
  • Use CommunityViz to model and compare the community plans scenario to the Preferred Growth Concept.
  • Research approaches to qualitative data indicators.
  • Incorporate health impact analysis and include local and regional health officials in the planning process.
  • Increase local health data monitoring, especially at risk groups.
  • Improve cultural competency in health programs.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Use local businesses and services - Shop Local!
  • Get involved in a local active living program or start one at your school or workplace
  • Support events, activities, and festivals in your city or townMonster Obstacle Course used
Donald.Kaden

Growth Management and Cooperation

Local Food Councils

Walking and Bicycle Audits and Planning

Return on Investment

Farm to School

Rural Transportation

Main Street Programs

Strategic Economic Assessment Planning with Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

bobistraveling

Water Resource Protection

Eric Sehr

Mall-Suburban Corridor Retrofits

Midtown Crossing at Turner's Point

Creative Public Finance

Access to Early Childhood Education

Public Engagement Tools and Techniques

Regional GIS Data Center

Healthy Food Access Portal

Subarea Plans

Community Gardens

Tree Canopy Preservation

Hazard Mitigation Planning and Implementation

Heritage and Agri-Tourism

Freight Transportation Planning

Transportation Demand Management

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Regional Cooperation

Public Health Database

Ken Hawkins

Voluntary Agriculture Districts

Flazingo Photos

Career Headlight

Adaptive Reuse of Buildings

Parks Promotion Campaigns

Health Impact Assessments

Safe Routes to School

Telemedicine

Mixed Use Development and Design Guidelines

Capital Improvements Programming

GIS Community Assessment

Greenways and Trails Planning

Inclusionary Zoning

Land Use Modeling

Establishing Appropriate Residential Densities

Transit Readiness Assessment and Primer

Active Living

Historic District Designation

Infill Development

Water Conservation Education

Preserving and Building Parks

Brownfield/Greyfield Redevelopment Toolkit

Community-Based Housing Strategies

Educating Officials about Housing Diversity

Transit Oriented Development Incentives

Public Private Partnerships

Newcomer Community Resource Guide

Fare-Free Transit Service

Workforce Housing Incentives

Wayfinding for Trails and Transit (Active Wayfinding)

Complete Streets

Clean Construction Assessment

Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

Energy Management Plans for Public Buildings

Grow Jobs Closer to Home

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Why Is This a Priority?

Residents said that the ability to work closer to home is important, and more likely to occur when a large mix of jobs are located near diverse housing options. By supporting local business growth and workforce training, and looking for opportunities to locate housing in mixed-use and employment areas, our communities can increase the number of jobs located within a convenient distance of housing.

How Do We Get There?

  • Support regional alignment of business development and recruitment.
  • Expand education and training in the region’s target sectors.
  • Promote redevelopment and revitalization through infill.
  • Educate officials, planners, and professionals about education and workforce implications for economic development.
  • Align land use with economic development planning to support community goals and priorities.
  • Identify and resolve barriers to constructing new housing consistent with a community’s needs.

What Can Residents Do?

  • Use local businesses and services - Shop Local!
  • Use Career Headlight and other local job resources to find positions in your area
  • Talk to your employer about telecommuting or flexible work schedules

Local Food Councils

Return on Investment

Farm to School

Rural Transportation

Main Street Programs

Strategic Economic Assessment Planning with Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Eric Sehr

Mall-Suburban Corridor Retrofits

Access to Early Childhood Education

Public Engagement Tools and Techniques

Regional GIS Data Center

Healthy Food Access Portal

Heritage and Agri-Tourism

Regional Cooperation

Ken Hawkins

Voluntary Agriculture Districts

Flazingo Photos

Career Headlight

DC Greens

“Buy Local” Campaign

Adaptive Reuse of Buildings

Telemedicine

Mixed Use Development and Design Guidelines

Farm to Table

Land Use Modeling

Historic District Designation

Brownfield/Greyfield Redevelopment Toolkit

Business and Education Training for Farmers

Educating Officials about Housing Diversity

Newcomer Community Resource Guide

Fare-Free Transit Service

Workforce Housing Incentives

Complete Streets

Clean Construction Assessment

Broadband Access