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The meaning of Transit-Oriented Development

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What is Transit-Oriented Development -- in GIS terms, legally and just generally. Answers to these questions have been added to Best Practices.

GB Arrington's PowerPoint presentation "Transit-Oriented Development" offers a quick summary of the definition of Transit-Oriented Development, the types of TOD and their benefits. The presentation includes examples from the Rosslyn Ballston Corridor in Virginia, Orenco Station in Portland, OR., Uptown in San Diego and Arlington Heights, IL.,

A Legal Research Digest article examines "The Zoning and Real Estate Implications of Transit-Oriented Development." The 1999 report from the Transit Cooperative Research Program represents the result of a comprehensive survey of transit agencies throughout the United States, as well as a survey of the case law and state statutes on transitoriented development. "TOD is a promising concept that offers to bolster transit ridership while producing affordable housing and economic development opportunities along transit corridors. It responds to a real public need and is increasingly recognized in state enabling legislation. While it does raise some legal issues with regard to implementation, these issues are not insurmountable. When the principles discussed in this report are taken into consideration, valid TOD strategies can become reality.," the report concludes.

"GIS for TOD: Transit Oriented Development in the Bay Area" by Garlynn G. Woodsong, Regional GIS Planner/Analyst for the Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission, describes how GIS has been used to study and implement a regional vision for Transit Oriented Development within the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  The paper, written for the ESRI GIS users conference in 2006, explains the role of GIS as the analytical foundation guiding the implementation of TOD policy, its use in explaining TOD in outreach sessions, and to support the analysis leading to the formulation of the thresholds contained in the policy.