By 2035, 72% of all households in our urban areas be within a half-mile of an urban center, corridor, or neighborhood center.
From 2010 to 2035, no more than 5% of new housing will locate in rural areas.
Transportation: On track
Overall vehicle miles traveled steeply declined in 2020, after years of increase since 2015. From 2019 to 2020, VMT decreased 14%. From 2020 to 2021, VMT increased 7% but remained below the 2015 baseline measure. Electric vehicle registrations have risen sharply since 2018, and in 2022 make up 1% of total vehicle registrations countywide. Overall transportation emissions have decreased 9% since 2015.
Land Use: Not on track
As of 2021, only 48% of our urban households lie within a half mile of a center or corridor, and 14% of residential development from 2010 to 2020 took place in rural areas, falling short of regional targets. Achieving our targets will require land use policies that create walkable communities and conserve sensitive resource lands.
Set land use policies that support increased urban density and efficient transportation networks and reduce urban sprawl. Transportation and land use are tied together, as the way our communities develop influence the transportation needs of the residents. Actions to support this strategy include coordinating long-term plans with transit agencies to create high-density transit corridors, reducing urban sprawl, and more.
Increase the use of public transit and active forms of travel such as bicycling and walking. Currently, most Thurston residents drive alone to work and use a car for most other trips. Encouraging the use of shared transit and active travel not only decreases emissions, but also decreases costs for travelers and promotes healthy lifestyles. Actions to support these strategies include maintaining a fareless transit system, identifying barriers to active transportation and promoting projects that address them, and more.
Increase the adoption of electric and other zero and low-emission vehicles. Auto manufacturers continue to offer an increasing range of options for vehicles that don’t rely on fossil fuels. Actions in the plan aim to reduce technical and economic barriers that limit access to these lower-emission vehicles.