Regional Targets & Indicators
Greater Washington 2050
Planning Tools Task Force
May 29th 2009
Harriet Tregoning and Alan Imhoff
Targets and Indicators
Existing COG Data and other sources
Geography of Data (Regional or Jurisdictional Level)
Time Frame of Data (Annual, Quarterly, or Monthly)
Linked to Compact Goals
One or Two Targets per Goal Category
Some Targets are Based on Existing COG Policy
Target and Indicators Categories
Climate & Energy Physical Development
Health & Human Services
Economic and Social
Land Use Target
• The National Capital Region will capture 75% of new
commercial construction and 75% [this target needs
further research] of new households in regional activity
• Establish a no net loss of agriculture land in the National
Development in Regional Activity Centers
Percent of households and jobs in Regional Activity Centers
Percent of households and jobs within a ½ mile of a transit
Green Infrastructure Acres
Indicators Number of mixed-use projects
Transportation Target – Subject to revision
Encourage more efficient personal travel by greatly increasing the use of transit,
bike, and walk modes for both work and non-work trips.
Reduce Vehicle Miles of Travel (VMT) per capita.
Increase [Double] the regional mode shares of transit to 15%, bike to 3%, and
walk to 16% and decrease the percentage [“cut in half”] of single occupancy auto
trips by 2050.
Reduce Vehicle Miles Travel (VMT) per capita by 25% in 2050 below 2005 rate.
Accessibility to Jobs/Households within 45 minutes, Auto and Transit
Accessibility to non-work activities by walking and bicycling.
Emissions per vehicle mile
Indicators Commuting Mode Split
Vehicle Registration per capita
Vehicles Miles of Travel (VMT) and VMT per capita
Transit Share of work trips to Jobs in Activity Clusters
LOV, HOV and transit work trips/share
Environmental Target – Subject to revision
The National Capital Region establishes a target of
50% of all [sentinel] watersheds will be in good or
excellent condition by 2050.
The National Capital Region achieves 100% of
Chesapeake Bay Goals [Water Quality Goals] by 2050.
Stream miles in good or excellent condition (% of total stream miles)
% of achievement of Chesapeake Bay Goals
Planned Wastewater treatment capacity remaining (% remaining)
Indicators Water conservation (water usage per capita)
Air quality (#of days exceeding (e.g., not meeting) federal air quality
Climate & Energy Target
In 2050 Reduce Regional Greenhouse gas emissions by 80%
below 2005 levels.
All new residential and commercial buildings constructed in
the National Capital Region will be dedicated to sustainable
building design and construction equivalent to LEED
Certification by 2050.
Regional greenhouse gas emissions (annual)
Green building – % or square footage – of commercial and residential
Energy use per capita (Natural Gas etc.)
The National Capital Region will achieve and maintain a region wide target of
1.6 jobs/households ratio and an appropriate jurisdictional target that will
provide an adequate supply of workers for jobs at the jurisdictional level and for
the region as a whole.
The region will also achieve a reduction in poverty by steadily increasing the
income levels for everyone.
The unemployment rate in the Region will be 2% below the national
Median Household Income
Per capita personal income
Indicators Jobs / Households Ratio
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Jobs / Households Ratio
The National Capital Region and each jurisdiction will have an
annual target of 15 percent of all new housing units to be
affordable to low or moderate income households, or a minimum
of 10% of all units affordable to those households by 2050.
80% of new affordable units will be located in regional activity
Percent of Household below 80% AMI (Annual Median Income) with
Housing Cost Burdens
Households located in Regional Activity Centers
Households located within a ½ mile of a transit station
Average household size
Health & Human Services Target
The National Capital Region will promote programs
and plans that provide insurance coverage and
access to affordable healthcare.
The region will promote healthy communities and
healthier lifestyles for everyone.
Late Pre-Natal Care (Percentage of births to mothers who reporting no
prenatal care during the first 3 months of pregnancy, including those
with no prenatal care.)
Indicators Obesity (Calculated percent of adults at risk for health problems
related to being overweight, based on body mass index (BMI).)
Percent Uninsured, Age 18-64, by Jurisdiction
The National Capital Region will improve K – 12 educational
programs and increase the rate [X% need target ] of students
graduating from high school and decrease the drop out rate by
[X% need target].
The region will provide higher education opportunities including
vocational training for all students.
% of students going to college
Indicators Literacy rate
% of students going to college and
Public Safety Target
The National Capital Region will reduce the rate of violent crime
by [X% need a target number] for every community by 2050.
Enhance and improve the emergency response time through out
the region [based on applicable and established national
Crime Rate (Total Part 1 Offenses – Homicide, rape,
robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor
Indicators vehicle theft)
911 Emergency Response Time (Police, Fire, & EMS) –
Data not currently collected by COG.