Urban renewal and city center development for communities of all sizes have become urgent priorities throughout the country, as the disadvantages of suburban sprawl become more and more apparent. ... Revitalized stations and multimodal transportation centers can serve as critcal anchors for urban redevelopment efforts, because a key potential benefit of an urban center location is its accessibility for regional employment and business exchanges.
This project reviews policies and legislative programs that can be adopted at all levels of government to encourage transit-based development. The focus of the study is on local government implementation because cities and counties have the land use responsibility of planning and zoning. The study also investigates how higher levels of government (regional, state, and federal) can encourage development through legislative powers and policy incentives. The study recommends additional land use, legislative, and fiscal powers that are needed by local jurisdictions so that they can carry out these incentives.
To help craft policies that will support transit-oriented development around light rail stations, the City of Seattle’s consultant team conducted small group interviews over the course of a day with fifty individuals involved in the design, development, and financing of new housing, retail spaces, and offices. The interviews helped identify some of the opportunities and obstacles for more dense, pedestrian-oriented development around transit stations. While the individuals interviewed were not of one mind, certain themes emerged about the development potential in station areas and the appropriate direction of future City policies.
Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation. At Reconnecting America, we believe it is essential that TOD creates better access to jobs, housing and opportunity for people of all ages and incomes. Successful TOD provides people from all walks of life with convenient, affordable and active lifestyles and create places where our children can play and our parents can grow old comfortably.
Reconnecting America (@reconnecting) and its partners in the Center for Transit-Oriented Development were out at Rail~Volution in Washington, DC, Oct. 16-19. A full list of their workshops and seminars appears in the right sidebar.
Below are 1500 tweets from 2011 Rail~Volution in Washington, DC
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