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ITDP’s TOD Standard: Benchmarking Against International Best Practices

March 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

By: Audrey Friedrichsen, Esq., Scenic Hudson muestra-TOD2_Final2

The Transit Oriented Development (“TOD”) Standard was drafted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (“ITDP”) as an assessment, recognition and policy guidance tool to benchmark practices and policies against what is considered international best practice in urban development.  The TOD Standard “recognizes development that is proactively oriented toward, rather than simply located adjacent to, public transport.”It analyzes whether a proposed urban development promotes high-quality, car free lifestyles through the ITDP’s eight Principles of Transport in Urban Life: (1) promote walking; (2) promote cycling; (3) create networks of streets and paths; (4) locate near high quality public transit; (5) provide for mixed use; (6) create density and transit capacity; (7) create short commutes; and, ultimately, (8) shift away from road use and parking for cars (the “Principles”).

Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for Connecticut

February 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

By: Kimberly Allan Pierce Cortes, Land Use Law Center

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is playing an increasingly large role in the vision and planning for Connecticut’s future. To help support communities seeking to implement that vision, the CT Fund for the Environment, Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association, and Tri-State Transportation Campaign developed a “Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT.” The toolkit provides technical advice for communities looking to implement TOD goals making it a great resource for community planners in Connecticut. This comprehensive guide can help communities:

  • Understand the complete streets strategy
  • Incorporate TOD into its zoning laws
  • Assess community accessibility for non-drivers, including advice to better serve bus riders, encourage employer-operated shuttles, and perform a biking audit
  • Combine TOD zoning with mixed and low-income housing
  • Implement best management practices for parking issues
  • Utilize green infrastructure in support of TOD goals to manage storm water maximize energy-efficiency

For more information, please see the complete toolkit available here.