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What does Connected 2050 include?

Connected 2050 includes several core components that will influence the future development of the region and local communities over the next 30 years. These core components include:

  • The region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, which includes a preferred growth scenario. The preferred growth scenario recommends regional land-use patterns, development policies, and transportation strategies for local communities. These recommendations are intended to reduce GHG emissions, which cause climate change, so the region’s current and future generations can thrive.
  • Forecasts to help stakeholders and the public anticipate future needs related to housing, population, land use, and employment.
  • An update of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, which determines what types and how much new housing each of our local governments must develop for their communities under state law.
  • A social equity and environmental justice evaluation to determine how the plan affects the region’s “disadvantaged” communities, including communities of color and low-income households that are more affected by poverty, pollution, and histories of marginalization.
  • A Financial Element, which provides a reasonable estimate of the funding that will be available to meet transportation needs over the next 30 years and a list of transportation and mobility projects that are expected to be finished before 2050.
  • An Action Element which evaluates the region’s key needs, opportunities, and issues affecting local communities, such as:
    • Access to transportation, biking and walking (active transportation), passenger rail, and access to public transit services
    • Community health, environmental justice, clean mobility equity, transportation safety, and security
    • Goods movement, trucking, and related economic needs or opportunities
    • Improvements to highways, busy local roads (arterial streets)
    • Traffic congestion, long-distance commuting, and safer streets that serve all road users
    • Access to and conservation of open spaces, farms, natural lands, recreational opportunities, and community centers
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