Denver Plans For Development Near Transit Stations
6/26/2014 3:20 PM
City Council has anticipated Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) since the FasTracks vote was approved. Several Council Districts have or will have at least one transit station, and the opportunities for economic development and a variety of housing opportunities are exciting. The following article provided by CPD is a good summary of the TOD story.
Transit Oriented Denver charts a course for city’s rail stations
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Community Planning and Development Executive Director Brad Buchanan announced the release of a new plan that will kick-start transit oriented development (TOD) improvements in station areas across the city to help make Denver healthier, more livable and better connected.
Denver is the fastest-growing city in the West, the #1 city for Millennials, and has an aging population seeking opportunities to downsize. At the same time that our regional transit system is expanding, people are driving less, bike infrastructure is growing, and more people are living in cities. These trends, along with the rebounding economy, mean that Denver is primed for more transit-oriented development around our rail stations.
Denver’s rail stations are not one-size-fits-all. The innovative new plan puts each station on its own track for success by identifying what is needed to improve its existing character, improve connectivity and enable transit-oriented development. Nearly all of the station areas have the potential to better serve Denver residents in various ways such as more complete housing and retail services, or better connections to surrounding neighborhoods with sidewalks, bike lanes or pedestrian bridges. The development that occurs around these stations is critical to delivering a more complete network of walkable urban places, increasing accessibility to transit and making housing choices more affordable. Learn more at www.DenverGov.org/TOD.
Written by Gretchen Williams and Community Planning and Development
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