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Livable Communities
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In August 2010, four Oregon state agencies came together to agree on the goals and principles set out in the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. ODOT, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Department of Environmental Quality, and Housing and Community Services signed an inter-agency agreement to provide guidance for local governments on ways to build more sustainable communities and follow the six livability principles identified by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

Six Livability Principles:

  1. Provide more transportation choices
  2. Promote equitable, affordable housing
  3. Enhance economic competiveness
  4. Support existing communities
  5. Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment
  6. Value communities and neighborhoods

Oregon Transportation Growth Management (TGM) Program

The TGM Program helps local governments make transportation options such as walking, biking, and transit safer and more convenient; economic centers more accessible, vibrant and successful; and neighborhoods more livable, walkable, and better connected. The TGM Program provides grants, information, tools, and technical assistance to help local governments and communities reach their livability and development goals for the future.

Land Use, Transportation and Climate Change

The way communities are designed and laid out has a dramatic effect on the way people travel. Land use patterns, development decisions, and street design all shape the way and the distance people travel. If policies enable people to travel less, for shorter distances, in more sustainable ways, they emit less pollution and greenhouse gases. These options also mean that people can use the money they save on gasoline to meet other needs.

Read more about transportation, land use, and climate change.

Useful Links on Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Cities Initiative - A cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that seeks to promote education, services, public outreach and research on the design and development of sustainable cities. Read more about the Sustainable Cities Initiative.

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities - In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide. Read more about the Partnership

FHWA Livable Communities webpage - Provides information on the FHWA Livability Initiative and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Read more about the Livability Initative.