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Invigorating neighborhoods and town centers, providing sustainable housing, retail and commercial options and creating lively, attractive gathering places by marrying transit service with housing and community development – that’s what transit-oriented development can mean for Connecticut. It sounds almost too good to be true, but with community engagement, creative planning and thoughtful strategies for implementation, this vision can be reality for Connecticut towns with transit stations.
Working together, CT Fund for the Environment, Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association and Tri-State Transportation Campaign have developed a Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT that focuses on several core concepts to creating sustainable TOD in Connecticut: community and placemaking, mixed-income housing, complete streets, parking, green infrastructure and energy. The TOD Toolkit for CT offers descriptions of concepts, techniques and resources for Connecticut’s communities. Funding was provided by the One Region Funders Group.
Resources related to TOD, particularly regarding housing and community development:
Capturing the Value of Transit: Harnessing Connecticut’s Future to Create Healthy Transit Neighborhoods - a report that explores innovative financing approaches to bridge the gap between current needs and future revenue growth in areas with access to transit.
Materials from the June 2013 TOD forum organized by the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Partnership for Strong Communities. Includes a market analysis of TOD and a report on Land Value Capture.
Materials from April 2013 TOD forum organized by CT Fund for the Environment, Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association and Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Includes TOD examples from NJ and MA.
Materials from December 2012 TOD forum organized by the Partnership and the CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development. Topics covered include placemaking, land value capture, mixed-income housing, demand for TOD, impact on property values, mixed-use, proactive planning and more.
Idea Factories – A 13-minute video showcasing how five CT towns - Bristol, Colchester, Hamden, Old Saybrook and Simsbury - engaged the public in town planning using various methods.
Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development Action Guide - An online guide that offers strategies and tools to incorporate mixed-income housing in TOD.
Maintaining Diversity In America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Change - Report from Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University on the need to maintain diversity around transit stations and how to go about doing it.
New England’s Sustainable Knowledge Corridor - This effort was formed through a HUD Sustainable Communities regional planning grant. Led by the Capitol Region Council of Governments, Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Commission and Central Connecticut Planning Agency, it includes a consortium partnership of more than 30 organizations working to preserve, create and maintain a sustainable, economically competitive, and equitable Hartford-Springfield interstate corridor.
Center for Transit-Oriented Development - A gateway into various resources related to TOD. Check out their TOD-UCATION materials, which offer a comprehensive guide to concepts and best practices related to TOD.
Housing + Transportation Index - This map-based interface combines housing and transportation costs for a better understanding of the potential cost benefits of development near transit.