While the rail project has been grabbing the spotlight, the City's community planning for development along the transit route has been proceeding for several years.
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a pattern of different uses - housing, jobs and services - surrounding a transit station that takes advantage of the convenience and affordability of transit. A TOD neighborhood is vibrant, dynamic, and pedestrian- and bicycle- friendly.
The City's Neighborhood TOD Plans recommend more intense uses immediately adjacent to the stations, with progressively lower-density development spreading outward. TOD generally occurs within a radius of one-quarter mile from a transit stop, as this is considered to be a comfortable distance for pedestrians. TOD incorporates a high level of design to attract residents, visitors and workers. It is also about more green space and public gathering places, safer streets, and less pollution and noise. It’s not “one size fits all” - a successful TOD should be unique and sensitive to its host neighborhood. It can improve our communities in ways that inspire pride.