Local & Regional Resources
Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area
Vision North Texas and North Texas 2050
Vision North Texas, a private, public, and academic partnership, began in 2005 to increase awareness about the growth expected in North Texas and to involve people and organizations in initiatives that accommodate that growth successfully and sustainably. North Texas 2050 is the regional plan that includes a Vision Statement describing North Texas as being recognized worldwide as a region that sustains its economic success and vitality because it contains varied and highly desirable communities, supports innovative people and nurtures its varied natural assets. The Vision Statement will also contain a set of Guiding Principles, which are written statements that provide more detailed direction about the policy direction North Texas expects to follow in order to achieve its vision. These principles can be used to set priorities for regional infrastructure investments and incentives. North Texas 2050 also contains an Action Package of tools and techniques that can be used by private and public decision makers to help achieve the regional vision.
Mobility 2035-2009 Amendment: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (Dallas-Fort Worth MPA)
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a comprehensive, multimodal “blueprint” for transportation systems and services aimed at meeting the mobility needs of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area through the next 25 years. Plans, projects, programs, and policies are proposed as transportation recommendations that reflect solutions to improve the overall quality of life for residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Sustainable Development Program - NCTCOG Transportation Department:
Sustainable Development can be defined as development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This multidisciplinary focus integrates environmental, economic, and social development policies. Among the key components of sustainable development are consideration of the interface between land use and transportation, planning for bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation, and the evaluation of alternative future demographic scenarios.
Sustainable Environmental Excellence (SEE) for North Central Texas
The SEE initiative, by NCTCOG, includes regional plans for water resources and green space, as well as municipal solid waste management.
Atlanta Regional Commission
Regional Development Plan: PLAN 2040 is the metro Atlanta area’s plan to accommodate economic and population growth sustainably over the next 30 years. Plan 2040 identifies opportunities for assessment, evaluation and possibly redirection as they develop regional policies and actions that direct resources for transportation investments and provide assistance to local governments.
Livable Centers Initiative
The Liveable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a program offered by the Atlanta Regional Commission that encourages local jurisdictions to plan and implement strategies that link transportation improvements with land use development strategies to create sustainable, livable communities consistent with regional development policies. Planning grants are awarded on a competitive basis to local governments and non-profit organizations to prepare plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors.
Developments of Excellence Award Program
The award is given to developments in the 10-county metro region, or within LCI study areas in the 20-county region, that exemplify the policies and practices of ARC’s Regional Development Plan. Developments are eligible for selection as a Development of Excellence if they advance the policies and best development practices of the Regional Development Plan.
Mid-America Regional Council
Bi-state Kansas City Region - Creating Quality Places Initiative: The program's goal is to foster the design of quality places in communities throughout the Kansas City region. The program's 20 principles serve as a guide to quality development.
Successful Communities By Design is a program of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to encourage alternative design practices throughout the Kansas City area. The program offers a variety of resource information to facilitate implementation of these principles. Among the resources are case studies documenting local and national project examples, model ordinances, design standards and financing mechanisms. The site also includes the "Creating Quality Places: Successful Communities by Design" report (pdf).
Portland Metro (Oregon)
Metro is the directly elected regional government that serves more than 1.3 million residents in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, and the 24 cities in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. Metro, the nation's only elected regional government, is responsible for a broad range of services. According to a home-rule charter approved by voters in 1992, Metro has primary responsibility for regional land-use and transportation planning, and is further empowered to address any other issue of "metropolitan concern." This grant of authority underscores the Portland metropolitan region's commitment to maintain and enhance the livability of the region.
Regional Framework Plan: The Regional Framework Plan unites all of Metro’s adopted land use planning policies and requirements. The Charter directs Metro to address the following subjects in the Plan:
- Management and amendment of the Urban Growth Boundary
- Protection of lands outside the Urban Growth Boundary for natural resource use and conservation, future urban expansion or other uses
- Urban design and settlement patterns
- Housing densities
- Transportation and mass transit systems
- Parks, open spaces and recreational facilities
- Water sources and storage
- Coordination with Clark County, Washington
- Planning responsibilities mandated by state law
- Other issues of metropolitan concern
This document brings together these elements as well as previous regional policies, including the Regional Urban Growth Goals and Objectives, 2040 Growth Concept, Metropolitan Greenspaces Master Plan and Regional Transportation Plan, to create a coordinated, integrated Regional Framework Plan.
Greater Triangle Regional Council - North Carolina
Regional council of governments for North Carolina’s Region J (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).
Much of Triangle J's planning work involves developing and managing partnerships that bring local communities together with other stakeholders to reach solutions. Working with community partners on long-term, regional-scale strategies, Triangle J takes on five principal roles:
- Convener and common ground for research, project development, relationship-building and information-sharing
- Coordinator of efficient regional service
- Manager of regional planning projects
- Administrator for regional institutions addressing development, conservation and infrastructure
- Provider of technical assistance and data to member communities
Envision - Utah
Information on an extensive research and public involvement process resulting in a Quality Growth Strategy for the Greater Wasatch Area of Utah that encompasses 88 cities and towns and 10 counties.
In January 1997, Envision Utah was formed to help guide the development of a broadly and publicly supported Quality Growth Strategy - a vision to protect Utah's environment, economic strength, and quality of life. Envision Utah is a unique and dynamic partnership of citizens, business leaders and policy-makers, working together to create a strategy that will preserve critical lands, promote water conservation and clean air, improve our region-wide transportation systems, and provide housing options for all residents. Envision Utah is a process that provides our region with an opportunity to keep Utah beautiful, prosperous and neighborly for future generations.
Fairfax County, Virginia
Irvine Ranch, CA Water District
Detailed information on their Reclaimed Water program and the Michelson Water Reclamation Plant in Irvine Ranch California that produces water that is permitted for all uses but drinking.