Zoning Coding Urban Design

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Design Guidelines

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The purpose of this guidance document is to provide direction for joint-development partners on the design elements that UTA expects developers to consider and address in development plans, including connectivity and development form. These guidelines will be used by UTA staff in reviewing site plans and will formulate the basis for feedback and final acceptance … Continued

Transit and Urban Form – Volume 2, Part III A Guidebook for Practitioners

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A Guidebook for Practitioners offers guidance to communities on patterns of development that encourage alternatives to the automobile for work and nonwork travel. It summarizes the key relationships between transit and urban form, outlines the role of transit in regional and corridor planning, and discusses the principles and tools for station-area planning and development.

Transit and Urban Form – Volume 2PART IV Public Policy and Transit-Oriented Development: Six International Case Studies

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Public Policy and TOD uses case studies to determine the public policies and institutions necessary for transit-supportive development to occur. The case studies include three cities with rail systems and three with high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes or exclusive busways. The six case study cities are Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; … Continued

Up in the Air: Urban Design for Light Rail Stations in Highway Medians

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Good urban design is essential if transit stations are to successfully connect to the communities that surround them. Increasingly, transit agencies are constructing light rail systems in and above freeway medians to reduce land acquisition costs, minimize traffic conflicts, and increase train speeds. Elevated stations, however, are difficult to physically link to surrounding communities, resulting … Continued

Seven American TODs: Good practices for urban design in TOD Projects

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This paper analyzes seven American TOD projects in terms of urban design and concludes with a discussion of “good practices” for future TOD projects focusing on development processes, place-making, and facilities. This research supplements prior scholarship on TOD that has tended to focus on policy issues such as regulation and financing.

City of Chicago TOD Zoning Ordinance

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In 2015, the City of Chicago increased incentives for quality development near transit stations through the TOD ordinance. MPC supports these incentives as one important step toward increasing transit ridership in our region: When more people live and work near transit, more people use transit. Learn more below about the city’s new incentives and view a map that … Continued

City of Charlotte Transit Oriented Development District Code

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The purpose of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning districts is to create a compact, and high intensity mix of residential, office, retail, institutional, and civic uses to promote the creation and retention of uses in areas with high potential for enhanced transit and pedestrian activity. Pedestrian circulation and transit access are especially important and … Continued