Activity Centers are existing urban areas, traditional towns, and priority development areas. They represent places where local governments are targeting future residential and commercial development. These centers are places where we can expect significant amount of change and investment between now and 2040. Together, Activity Centers will play a central role in achieving Region Forward's prosperity, sustainability, accessibility, and livability goals.
Activity Centers originally emerged from the Transportation Planning Board's 1998 vision. The vision called for the development of a regional map that identified Activity Centers and major transportation corridors. The original Activity Centers map was <approved in 2002, with an update adopted in 2007. The first two version of the map were designed as an analytical tool highlighting centers where significant job concentrations were present or expected based on COG's Cooperative Forecasts. This approach limited how Activity Centers could be used for policy and programmatic purposes that support Region Forward's goals mainly because there was uneven alignment with locally adopted comprehensive plans.
The 2012 Activity Center Map (shown below) is the starting place for implementing Region Forward's goals. The Region Forward Coalition believes Activity Centers can play a central role in targeting scarce resources, aligning investments, and focusing program and policies. As we consider our options, we want to hear from you.