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TOD Technical Assistance Grants to CT Municipalities Available!

February 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

 

Notice of availability of technical assistance:  By March 7, submit letters of interest for assessment of barriers to TOD.

Communities across Connecticut are turning their attention to transit-oriented development (TOD) that supports walkable town centers with opportunities for new housing and employment and that improves quality of life for existing residents.

Barriers such as out-of-date zoning codes and other regulations and lack of consensus around where and how to grow can make implementing TOD challenging. Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Regional Plan Association plan to provide technical assistance to municipalities and/or nonprofits seeking to address these barriers.

Assistance may include assessment of existing zoning and regulations, walkability audit, a workshop, and a final report outlining implementation options. For more details, download the Request for Letters of Interest here. Letters are due by March 7.

Right-Sizing Parking for TOD

November 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Mark Gander, Principal Planner; Director of Urban Mobility and Development at AECOM (www.aecom.com); Board of Directors, Green Parking Council (www.greenparkingcouncil.org)

There are approximately 250 million registered vehicles (2010) in the United States.  When these vehicles are not in use, which accounts for more than 90 percent of their time, they must be parked. Because of this, the off-street parking space available is ubiquitous; its footprint is vast in scale.  As MIT Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Eran Ben-Joseph recently noted, in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.[1]  This ubiquity is further compounded because cities require parking everywhere, yet ironically its absence is noticed most.