Planning and conservation › Urban development and revitalization
Learn about efforts to focus development in existing urban areas well served by transit and other services and amenities. Discover how communities are working to revitalize historic downtowns and main streets and build walkable, affordable neighborhoods.
In the region's long-range plan, the 2040 Growth Concept, high-quality development in centers and along transit corridors is key to maintaining the livable communities and natural beauty that make our region special. The plan designates regional and town centers and calls for growth to be concentrated in these centers − as well as main streets, station communities and corridors − in order to use urban land most efficiently.
New projections showing that the region's population is growing faster than expected place a premium on the efficient use and redevelopment of urban land. Demographic considerations such as the aging of our population have additional implications for land use; as people get older, they often seek higher-density housing within walking distance of transit, retail areas, and medical facilities.
As the region's population grows and the costs of public facilities and services continue to rise, it is increasingly important to make good use of the limited supply of land that already has access to urban services, including roads, transit and schools.
Cities and developers around the country are realizing the long-term benefits of mixed-use neighborhoods that combine housing, employment, retail, cultural and recreational activities in a walkable environment that is well-served by transit...More
Metro’s transit-oriented development program takes planning from the conceptual to the actual by investing in development projects in key locations throughout the region...More
Metro works to improve air quality, reduce car traffic and create more opportunities for walking, biking, taking transit and carpooling...More
Metro is working to enhance the efficient use of land through redevelopment of underutilized properties, while providing an economic stimulus and other benefits to communities...More
Learn more about nature-friendly development practices that benefit the environment and your business...More
The availability of affordable housing choices for different types of households is a key feature of a livable community. The location of housing in relation to jobs, shopping, transportation and other services significantly impacts quality of life...More
The Community Investment Toolkit provides information to local governments, nonprofit organizations, developers and community leaders about best practices for creating and enhancing vibrant urban communities...More
Discover practical information for designing safe and healthy streets with four handbooks published by Metro...More