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Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Guidebook

This guidebook is intended to create a shared understanding of what Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is and what its benefits are, in addition to identifying the key elements and factors for success. It will be especially useful for those participating in the creation of, reviewing, or adopting station area plans: City Council members, Planning Commissioners, a wide range of City staff, developers, property owners who own land within a TOD district, and residentswho live within and immediately around a TOD district. This guidebook defines TOD and provides a list of guiding principles, identifies the City of Austin’s mission and goals with respect to TOD, describes Austin’s process for developing a TOD ordinance, provides a summary of the ordinance, outlines the Station Area Planning (SAP) process and SAP elements, and lists several TOD resources.