> Defining the limits of communities giving a true sense of urban and rural settings;
> Taking advantage of abandoned mill sites and brownfields;
> Providing the green infrastructure that binds cities and towns, offering natural resource functions such as aquifer recharge and flood protection;
> Being a component of the local tourism and agricultural economy
> Managing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy consumption.
> Promoting compact, walkable development featuring infill and community redevelopment to stress compact patterns and minimize pressure on loss of agricultural lands;
> Fostering social equity in housing, employment and transportation choices;
> Meeting the needs for anticipated demographic changes;
> Supporting energy efficiency and lowering greenhouse gas emissions; and
> Reducing the need for automobiles for short trips.
> Expanding employment opportunities to meet 21st Century needs;
> Lowering the cost of housing and transportation for low income residents by locating employment centers proximate to transit lines; and
> Continuing to pursue economic development clusters that yield more jobs with higher wages