Guiding Principles

The following principles were developed to guide the regional vision and its goals, strategies and actions.


All individuals, regardless of ability, and communities within the region will have full and equal access to the opportunities that enable them to attain their full potential.


Public infrastructure and services will be provided efficiently and cost-effectively.


Decision making and the implementation of solutions in the region will be done in a way that ensure that all of the region’s residents have an opportunity to participate in the process, implementation and evaluation.

Local Control/Regional Benefit

It is critical that cities and counties within the region maintain local control over their communities while also working collectively together to ensure that local decisions enhance rather than adversely affect other neighborhoods, communities or the region as a whole.