Friday, April 6, 2012

Transit Oriented Development: 

     A transit-oriented development (TOD) is a mixed-use residential or commercial area designed to maximize access to public transport, and often incorporates features to encourage transit ridership. A TOD neighborhood typically has a center with a transit station or stop (train station, metro station, tram stop, or bus stop), surrounded by relatively high-density development with progressively lower-density development spreading outward from the center. TODs generally are located within a radius of one-quarter to one-half mile from a transit stop, as this is considered to be an appropriate scale for pedestrians.

dart_train1.jpgBenefits:  TODs provide several benefits to the areas where they are located.  For example, they add sustainable density that accommodates expected growth.  Additionally, TODs improve mobility, energy efficiency and provide new retail, entertainment and employment for local neighborhoods.

      TODs & TIFs in Big-D:  The local governments in Dallas County have sought to incentivise the creation of transit focused developments.  To this end, the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) TIF District was created in 2008, to encourage dense, pedestrian friendly transit oriented developments adjacent to DART light rail stations. There are four sub-districts within the District: Lovers Lane/Mockingbird station area, Cedars West, Lancaster Corridor area, and Cedar Crest area. These areas have been developed with varying degrees of success.  However, on balance, the developments have been positive additions to the Dallas metropolitan area. 


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