The Complete Communities theme of the plan promotes building inclusive communities, providing good access to housing, jobs, transportation, and community amenities for all people, regardless of income level. In complete communities, people feel safe, have access to healthcare and vital services, and enjoy economic opportunity, all the while fostering the efficient use of land and scarce natural resources. The theme calls upon the region to evaluate how more efficient land uses can ensure that its housing profile is well matched to meet the needs of the future population and economy. Attaining a healthy balance of well-planned housing and jobs while ensuring that the region’s natural resources are protected is important for the region’s long-term economic competitiveness.
Goals from this theme include:
- Invest in placemaking to strengthen neighborhoods and increase safety.
- Increase the diversity of housing type and affordability.
- Integrate healthcare, food access, parks, and services within neighborhoods and communities.
- Promote resource-efficient land use and development practices, prioritizing conservation and energy efficiency.