The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) are pleased to announce that new Community Growth Profiles (Profiles) are available for 56 cities and towns in the four-county Capital District region. The new Profiles examine twenty years of growth by community and are a valuable tool for planners, educators, grant-writers, and business and government leaders throughout the region.
The Profiles offer a comprehensive review of growth trends and opportunities that have occurred in communities throughout Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. They were developed to assist current and future planning and feature information about current land use, recent housing growth, and road development maps in addition to data on population trends, housing units, and greenhouse gas emissions by sector. To access the Profiles visit http://cdrpc.org/community-growth-profiles.
“It’s important to understand where we’ve been and where we are to better plan for where we’re going,” said Mark Castiglione, AICP, Executive Director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission. “These new tools will help planners, economic developers, elected officials and citizens understand the growth trends that have shaped the Capital District over the past twenty years and inform the decisions they make which will influence future growth over the next twenty years.”
Between 1995 and 2015, more than 35,111 single family homes were built in the four county Capital
District Region on lots totaling 55,928 acres. The majority of single family home growth occurred in Saratoga County with 49% followed by 25% in Albany, 15% in Rensselaer, and 10% in Schenectady. As of 2015, there are 209,730 single family homes and 378,947 housing units overall in the region. And, approximately 214 miles of new roads were built between 2005 and 2015, of which 21% included sidewalks.
“Many local elected officials and their residents have not lived in their community for the last 20 years. These profiles will give them a sense of how their community has changed and how it might change in the future,” said Michael Franchini, CDTC Executive Director.
For additional resources on regional demographics and trends, please see http://cdrpc.org/data.