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 Sustainable Communities Initiative


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The Denver region was awarded $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support regional, corridor, and site-level planning and implementation activities. The SCI will support a consortium of municipalities, counties, state agencies, housing authorities, nonprofits, corporate interests, philanthropic and academic organizations working together to further enhance and implement Metro Vision, the region’s long-range plan for growth and development, while addressing one of our region’s most pressing and exciting challenges: leveraging the region’s multi-billion dollar expansion of the FasTracks transit system.

Goals of the SCI

The consortium’s overarching goal is to align investments, programs and policies to maximize the benefits that result from the region’s investment in transit. We anticipate a region with:

  • Greater access to job opportunities across the entire income spectrum
  • Lower combined transportation and housing costs
  • Reduced consumption of fossil fuels and strain on natural resources
  • Development of mixed-use, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly communities along transit lines that allow residents to easily access their daily needs without having to get into a car

Overview of Grant-Funded Activities

The SCI is divided into five main activities. The first three represent distinct but interrelated planning levels. The remaining two cut across and support planning efforts at all three levels.

SCI Overview (English/Spanish)

Upcoming Events

Here is a link to our SCI calendar.

Did you miss an event? View materials from past meetings and events.

Contact Us

If you have questions related to the Sustainable Communities Initiative, please contact:

Paul Aldretti
SCI Coordinator

Section Highlights

Follow us on Twitter! @DRCOGorg links tweets about work, meetings and announcements relating to the Initiative using the hashtag #DenverSCI.

To sign up to receive the monthly newsletter and event announcements, email Ashley Kaade at akaade@drcog.org.

Selected Downloads

Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities 2012 Accomplishments Report

Sustainable Economic Development Strategies Brief

Download PDF Reader

External Links

American Planning Association: Sustaining Places

FHWA Livable Communities Discussion Board

Partnership for Sustainable Communities

RTD FasTracks