We know that higher-density, more spatially compact and mixed-use building developments can offer significant reductions in greenhouse emissions. Density allows for reduced vehicle miles traveled, reduced consumption for space conditioning as a result of integrated energy systems, and reduced municipal infrastructure. While the Kansas City region has a dense urban core and dense town centers, most of the region is moderate to low density and spread out.
One approach is MARC's 'Centers and Corridors' approach that aims to encourage higher-density, mixed-use, mixed-housing, and connectivity to different types of transportation at major activity centers and along key corridors throughout the region.
What ideas do you have around creating a climate-friendly built environment through smart development and land-use planning?