NY & CT Sustainable Communities  

NY & CT Sustainable Communities

Integrating housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning through partnerships in New York and Connecticut.

The goal of the Consortium is to reposition the New York-Connecticut region to fully harness its innovation capabilities in a competitive global environment, build on its strong foundation of energy efficiency, and become as equitable as it is efficient.

Its primary focus is to leverage the most extensive and robust transit system in the nation by developing livable communities with mixed-income housing and employment at key nodes in the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road network.

Gap Analysis + Public Outreach

The MetroCog is leading an effort to integrate and enhance municipal sustainability and land use plans at the regional level. The initiative as a whole will identify ways to better align these plans and link them with an execution plan to overcome geographic and functional silos that impede putting these sustainability principles into action. This activity will lay the foundation through a series of related tasks.

It will begin with an analysis of gaps, inconsistencies, and opportunities for improved coordination among plans and programs in different geographic and policy areas. Federal, state and regional regulations and policies will be examined to determine how these can be better aligned to achieve livability goals.

This process will actively engage the communities and transit-oriented development activities in our region.

Goal:

Align the existing regional plans with each other and with the federal, state and local policies that are essential to their implementation.

Objectives:

  1. Identify specific gaps between the elements of existing sustainability plans and the regional goals represented by the livability principles of providing more transportation choices, promoting equitable, affordable housing, enhancing economic competitiveness, supporting existing communities, coordinating policies, leveraging investments and supporting existing communities.
  2. Integrate and enhance existing sustainability plans
  3. Create a coordinated planning process that more fully engages all members of the communities
  4. Adopt an Execution Plan for Regional Sustainable Development