Future Growth Patterns

New growth in the MRCOG region will be accommodated one of three ways: 1) aging neighborhoods will be repopulated with new residents and families, 2) infill and redevelopment opportunities will be seized on vacant parcels or through re-purposing and/or demolishing existing buildings and 3) new growth will occur in master planned subdivisions and, to a lesser degree, low density development on land adjacent to populated areas.

The map below illustrates where new growth is forecast throughout the metropolitan area between 2012 and 2040 by Data Analysis Subzone.

Population Growth by DASZ, 2012 to 2040

Population Growth by DASZ, 2012 to 2040

There will be a certain level of densification that occurs in existing neighborhoods due to increased occupancy rates, the redevelopment of existing structures, and increased demand in centers and along high service transit corridors. However, the urban core of the metropolitan area will continue to decline in its overall share of population as the vast amount of new development occurs in areas with greater land availability.