Livable Communities

Livability conditions impact all aspects of a person’s well-being from public safety, environmental quality, community cohesion, aesthetics, accessibility, and food access. DVRPC’s Livable Communities programs implement the Long Range Plan by working with different stakeholder groups to ensure land use decisions prioritize existing infrastructure, preserve open space and natural resources and enable more efficient provision of water, sewer, and transportation options to achieve a better quality of life for residents. 

Smart Growth

Encouraging development that includes a mix of building types and uses, a range of housing opportunities and choices, multi-modal transportation options, and inclusive community engagement.


DVRPC addresses the complex regional housing market through a variety of targeted studies and indicators. The goal is to support housing policy that provides all members of the community with safe, affordable places to live.

Downtown Revitalization

Assisting our older suburbs and core neighborhoods become resilient, inclusive, and vibrant to improve the quality of life for residents.

Economic Development

Bringing together regional partners to invest in people, support businesses, and transform infrastructure to meet the needs of a changing built environment and economy.

Health & Resilience

Bringing awareness that the decisions we make regarding the built and natural environments impact public health and community and individual health outcomes.


Creating strong environmental ecosystems by providing for open and natural spaces and recreational opportunities to improve air and water quality.  

Water Quality

Engaging with partners to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and provide stormwater management to meet federal requirements and mitigate potential natural disasters.

Climate Change

Achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions relies on a combination of energy efficiency, conservation, electrification, and cleaner energy sources, as well as changes in individual behavior and the built environment.

Air Quality Partnership
Annual Report
Connections 2050
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
Economic Development District