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Healthy, inclusive and livable communities

The built and natural environment supports healthy and active choices.

A deliberate focus on the built environment’s influence on physical activity, mobility choices, access to healthy food and the natural environment supports the opportunity to lead healthy and active lifestyles throughout the region.

A stylized depiction of a medical worker opening a door for an older woman holding the hand of a small child while a man in a wheelchair uses a ramp to board a bus. In the background, a person is walking down the sidewalk while a man is locking his bike to a rack.

Desired outcomes

The region’s residents have expanded connections to health services.

Expanded connections to health services improve the health and wellness of residents in the Denver region. Connections to health services are expanded through improved multimodal transportation access, the location of new health facilities and other innovative approaches resulting in more convenient access to health services.

Diverse housing options meet the needs of residents of all ages, incomes and abilities.

Housing choices allow individuals and families to find desirable housing that is affordable and accessible to them in communities throughout the region, allowing them to stay in their community of choice as their economic or life circumstances change. A range of housing options across the region benefits both individuals and families, and can improve the economic vitality and diversity of local communities.

Sheridan Square:

Affordable housing development through partnerships and "sweat equity."

Metro Vision promotes increased access to opportunities for all residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles. The development of affordable, energy-efficient townhomes at Sheridan Square was made possible through the close coordination of public and private partners with a shared vision and Habitat for Humanity’s “sweat equity” program. Sheridan Square Park, community gathering space for the Fort Logan neighborhood, was an important feature of the design for both current and future residents.

Performance measures

Performance measures are critically important in monitoring the region’s progress toward Metro Vision themes and outcomes. They are used to obtain regular measurement of outcomes and results. They also generate reliable data to help local governments and partners evaluate policies, programs and initiatives. As part of its reporting on plan progress toward an efficient and predictable development pattern, DRCOG will use the metrics outlined on the Metro Vision performance measures page.

MeasureWhere are we today? (baseline)Baseline yearWhere do we want to be? (target)Target year
Share of the region’s population living in areas with housing and transportation costs affordable to the typical household in the region41%201350%2040