Land Use & Activity Centers

Land use decisions, particularly in the region’s 141 Activity Centers, will play a key role in helping the region accommodate the 1.5 million new residents and 1.1 million jobs anticipated between 2015 and 2045. Activity Centers are the region’s priority growth areas and include existing urban centers, suburban town centers, traditional towns, and transit hubs.

While there is no single land use plan for the region, local jurisdictions have a strong track record of creating distinctive, successful mixed-use Activity Centers, from urban places like Downtown DC and Clarendon to traditional towns like Frederick and Manassas. In addition, areas like Tysons and White Flint are undergoing major transformations to become walkable, transit-oriented communities. Despite increasing support and demand for such places, balancing growth and investment with affordability and access remains a significant challenge. 

In cooperation with its Planning Directors Technical Advisory Committee, COG supports local land use planning and Activity Centers by analyzing growth, providing technical assistance, and sharing best practices for placemaking and development. And since transportation and land use are closely linked, COG Department of Community Planning and Services staff work with their COG Department of Transportation Planning counterparts to support better planning through efforts such as scenario planning and the Transportation and Land Use Coordination Program. 

COG has also partnered with ULI-Washington to fund three Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) per year in Activity Centers. Through the TAPs, local governments receive technical assistance from a multidisciplinary panel of experts focused on a particular project or location. 


News & Multimedia

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    Tony Costa and GSA's FedScape team receive COG Regional Partnership Award

    December 20, 2016

    COG honored Tony Costa, the Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and GSA’s FedScape team for their work...

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    Connecting the Region for Housing Choice and Opportunity

    April 14, 2016

    Jurisdictions large and small will be required by HUD to conduct an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) to support their planning efforts to accommodate future...

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    Officials Discuss Legacy of Olympic Bid

    September 14, 2015

    Public and private sector leaders developed a vision for hosting the 2024 Olympics in metropolitan Washington that would focus on and enhance regional assets...

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    County Executives Call for Greater Cooperation to Strengthen Regional Economy

    June 11, 2015

    Greater cooperation across borders on a variety of issues will be critical to the National Capital Region’s future economic success according to Prince George’s...

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    ULI-COG Seek TAP Program Participants to Strengthen Area Activity Centers

    January 28, 2015

    The Urban Land Institute-Washington and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are encouraging local governments to apply for a new round of Technical...

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    2014 Sees Notable Progress in Achieving Regional Transportation Goals

    December 16, 2014

    When it adopted the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan in January, the Transportation Planning Board highlighted a number of key strategies and priorities...

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    Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton

    November 26, 2014

    Metropolitan Washington is home to Activity Centers and engaged local leaders. Hear Rockville, Maryland Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton speak about the vibrancy of...

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