Transportation and Land Use
The coordination and harmonization of land use and transportation planning and development is a foundation of sustainable development and smart investments. These synchronized policies and planning efforts tend to support a balance of uses - including housing, educational, office, recreational, and retail - which recognize the importance of spatial or geographic proximity and design of those uses. In addition, the consideration of long term impacts of land use decisions on the environment, including transportation systems and facilities, is critical to these concepts.
Choices in transportation mode are critical to building efficient, equitable, and sustainable cities. To address our Stateís changing demographic composition, consideration of alternative transportation modes is important. Combined with transit oriented development and better land use, transit can provide more equitable and environmentally friendly access to employment centers, retail, and services, while reducing the environmental costs of transportation. Meanwhile, active transportation - walking and cycling - have direct and substantial environmental and health benefits.
OPR works with agencies and jurisdictions at state, regional, and local levels to support better transportation choices and the applicable land use planning law.