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Transit-Oriented Communities Design Guidelines: Creating More Livable Places Around Transit In Metro Vancouver

Introduction

Transit-oriented communities are places that, by their design, allow people to drive less and walk, cycle, and take transit more. In practice, this means they concentrate higher-density, mixed-use, human-scale development around frequent transit stops and stations. They also provide well-connected and well-designed networks of streets, creating walking- and cycling-friendly communities focused around frequent transit. Communities built in this way have proven to be particularly livable, sustainable, and resilient places. Transit-oriented communities also make it possible to operate efficient, cost-effective transit service. Because of these benefits, making communities more transit-oriented is one of the key goals of land use and transportation plans in Metro Vancouver.

In order to further the development of more transit-oriented communities in Metro Vancouver, this document provides guidance for community planning and design – based on best practices – in the areas surrounding transit stations, exchanges, and stops. In support of TransLink’s Transit-Oriented Communities: A Primer on Key Concepts, these Transit-Oriented Communities Design Guidelines provide a more detailed resource for municipalities and other stakeholders involved in community planning processes across the region. As experience is gained with implementing the Design Guidelines, and as new best practices emerge, this document will be reviewed and updated accordingly.