Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the federal government, this plan has created policies in the following categories:
1) Responding to climate change by reducing emissions;
2) Transportation options;
3) Green buildings;
4) Waste reduction and recycling;
5) Energy conservation/renewable energy;
6) Water quality and conservation/recycling;
7) Urban forest;
8) Public health and wellness; and
9) Economic sustainability.
According to the document, released in November:
"The General Plan lays the groundwork for a more sustainable community. In key locations near transit, land use will intensify, and those neighborhoods will feel more urban, with taller buildings, a better mix of transit options, and less land devoted to parking. This selective urbanization will not only help the city meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, it will also improve quality of life by supporting public transit, encouraging people to walk and cycle, allowing for more open space, and creating attractive public places where people enjoy spending time."