Within the first few years of existence, the Land Use Commission’s Steering Committee decided that “greenspace” should act as a placeholder for one of the commission’s three committees. This committee would go on to examine greenspace issues in the context of other environmental and infrastructure questions.
Around the same time, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), like OKI, were required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to consider environmental impacts in all planning initiatives. Based around economic vitality, this ruling focused on the idea that areas with greater/healthier amounts of greenspace were relatively wealthier than areas with less/diminished greenspace. In order to create a more equal and efficient region, OKI highly values greenspace in all planning activities.