Sustainable Communities - Goal 2

Cities, suburbs and small town neighborhoods are redesigned and redeveloped to offer transit connections, walkable neighborhoods, and a convenient mix of housing, jobs, recreation and shopping.

IN 20 YEARS - All community residents can access daily needs (work, food, school) with a variety of options, including transit, walking and biking as all are common, seamlessly connected and easy. Much of the greenspace currently in suburban and small towns supports community uses such as gardening, wildlife habitat, recreation and other productive community uses.

IN 10 YEARS - Good urban design practices have created at least one lively, transit-oriented development project that includes a mix of housing, jobs and retail options in each of the 25 largest cities, and 10 representative small towns. 50 Michigan communities have created downtown revitalization plans that identify the top regional "hubs" of activity and "nodes" of transportation and job linkage, and have targeted resources to these existing areas.

IN 2 YEARS - Legislation is enacted that promotes infill development, defines "complete streets" and transit-oriented development goals and resources and connects economic development and place-making strategies. The 25 largest cities and 10 other representative small towns have adopted "complete streets" ordinances and revised their zoning to make mixed use, infill development that solidifies existing neighborhoods or creates new neighborhoods the easiest thing to build.