I. Land Use
More communities and regions throughout the state are effectively using multi-municipal planning and implementation, resulting in meaningful regional cooperation (service sharing/tax revenue/base sharing), the revitalization of cities and older communities and sustainable growth
Foster multi-municipal collaboration and stave off distress by improving the legal and fiscal environment in which local governments operate.
A program to link transportation to land use planning results in projects that contribute to the revitalization of older communities and smart growth initiatives while reducing energy consumption. Recognition of the need for regional funding to support transit and transportation infrastructure leads to the creation of regional bodies to raise revenue and direct investments. At the same time, a statewide integrated water management program results in counties/regions implementing comprehensive water resource plans.
Continue and intensify the commitment to reinvesting in existing communities to mitigate decades of decline.
III. Intergovernmental Cooperation and Governance Reform
Local governments engage in new inter-governmental cooperative arrangements that allow them to enhance the delivery of essential services and possibly cut costs. Business and civic leaders mobilize in their communities to improve the opportunities for positive growth. And a strong network of smart growth organizations and communities lobby for legislative reform. Our long-range vision is for a state that regains its status as a national economic leader and is viewed as a model of inter-governmental cooperation.
Continue working to reduce the negative impact on regional economic development caused by fragmented governments with inefficient service delivery systems.
IV. Revitalization & Smart Growth Development
Revitalized third class cities and communities experience new growth due to new policies and regulations that enhance their transportation/infrastructure assets and transform their historic properties, and take advantage of the renewed interest in city lifestyles among Baby Boomer and Generation Y populations. Older developed communities are enhanced by progressive leadership and make better decisions on sustainable growth. The Commonwealth Awards are nationally recognized for the exchange of innovative development ideas.
Identify the determinants of fiscal health and advocate for the removal of impediments such as state-imposed, often out-of-date legislation or codes.