Strategy of the Month: Case Studies for Transit Oriented Development
Research has consistently shown that developing affordable housing and commercial real estate in close proximity to public transit can improve quality of life for many low- and moderate-income families by decreasing the two largest household expenses — housing and transportation. Known as transit-oriented development or TOD, this integrated approach to expand housing opportunities near transit is gaining popularity in response to changing demographics and lifestyle preferences in communities across the nation. A report prepared by Reconnecting America titled Case Studies for Transit Oriented Development credits TODs with offering a diversity of housing choices, a mix of commercial uses, and for providing "a convenient, affordable and active lifestyle" for residents, while promoting neighborhood reinvestment. With short descriptions and case study examples, the report summarizes 10 strategies being implemented by communities to encourage successful transit-oriented development. The report also highlights the benefits and applicability of each of the following tools:
Although intended to guide TOD policy for the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area, this report may serve as a model guide for other communities looking to encourage transit-oriented development. To view the report in its entirety, please visit http://www.huduser.org/portal/rbcrecord&DocId=1986.
We hope this information will assist communities as they continue to develop approaches for expanding housing opportunities near transit. If you have successfully implemented regulatory reform measures, would like to share resources, or require assistance in identifying additional policy tools, research, or strategies for our web-based Clearinghouse database, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 1-800-245-2691 (option 4), or visit our website at www.regbarriers.org.
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