St. Louis Region
OneSTL: Many Communities, One Future Regional Sustainability Plan
H3 Studio worked with East-West Gateway Council of Governments - the federal Metropolitan Planning Organization for the St. Louis Region to create a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. This plan is the culmination of two years’ work assessing the state of the region, capacity building in communities, and preparing for plan creation.
The planning process relied on the skills and diversity of the project team which brings excellence in sustainability planning, transportation planning, economics, development, environmental engineering, and public engagement. The plan creates a regional vision and guiding principles vetted through intensive, region-wide capacity building workshops. The H3 Studio Team created a plan framework of comprehensive goals, objectives, metrics, strategies, and an implementation plan that is the groundwork for implementation.
The final plan integrates land use, transportation, housing, environmental assets, and economic development. The companion website provides tools to local jurisdictions that support creating great places in every community; coordinate planning across jurisdictional boundaries; provide a variety of transportation and housing options; and preserve environmental resources.
To effectively integrate sustainability practices throughout the 16 municipalities covered by this plan, the H3 Studio Team investigated on-ground constraints through a series of studies to test the challenges and opportunities of implementing the regional plan framework at a local level. This pilot study of Sustainability Code Audits was conducted with 5 communities throughout the region: Belleville, Illinois; Festus, Missouri; Alton, Illinois; O’Fallon, Missouri; and Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri. The H3 Studio Team facilitated the leadership in articulating the challenges in their communities, provided multiple solutions for open discussion within the groups, and revealed critical barriers to sustainability implementation on a local and regional scale; all while ultimately building more capacity within local communities, and educating the leadership.