Policy and Action Recommendations

The 2006 TOD Strategic Plan outlined the following City-Wide Policy Recommendations:

  • Fine-Tune Roles and Responsibilities with RTD and DRCOG

RTD and the City should work closely together to engage in corridor planning that maximizes the opportunities for TOD. Together RTD and the City should undertake station area planning so that station facilities and access improvements fit closely with Denver’s long-term community development desires and new improvements are designed to maximize walking access and the goals of TOD whenever possible.

  • Adopt TOD Typology and Encourage Region to Embrace a Common Definition of TOD

The TOD Typology helps clarify expectations for new development, alleviate concerns about inappropriately scaled development at transit stations and guide incremental decisions on infrastructure and project approvals. The TOD Typology is not a binding regulatory tool, but is a vocabulary for defining a common vision for development of a transit station area. At the regional scale, where individual transit lines cross multiple jurisdictions, the TOD typology can help build a common understanding of the types of places each city is planning to promote along the transit line and help illuminate opportunities for and challenges to appropriately-planned TOD.

  • Engage in Proactive Planning and Zoning

There are several key tools that the City can use to identify priorities for station area development and direct future land use decisions. Each of these tools is a vehicle for translating city-wide goals to neighborhoods and districts. These tools include: Station Area Planning, General Development Planning (GDP), and Zoning.

  • Adopt a Package of TOD Parking and Parking Management Strategies

As the transit network matures, a more robust set of tools for locating commuter and shared parking facilities may be needed, as well as guidance for calibrating on-site parking standards. The City should create a TOD Parking Toolkit that establishes a wide variety of strategies.

  • Focus Funding Tools on TOD and Create New Tools

Far fewer tools are currently available to build off-site and regional improvements that help connect existing neighborhoods to station areas or improve the physical environment in the neighborhood. Since many of the planned station sites are located in underutilized areas or near existing established neighborhoods, the need for funding tools to create new infrastructure in underutilized areas and to improve connectivity in existing neighborhoods is particularly important.

  • Prepare an Affordable and Mixed-Income Housing Strategy for TOD

A focused effort will be required to make it possible for development to occur near transit that is affordable to a wider range of incomes than the market would otherwise provide.  A variety of strategies are needed to ensure that housing is affordable to low and very low-income households so that these households – the households that are most transit dependent – can also have good access to the affordable transportation options offered by FasTracks.

  • Develop a Public Housing Renewal Strategy

Collaborate with Denver Housing Authority to cultivate more mixed-income communities at transit stations.

  • Develop Economic Development Strategies for Station Areas

A comprehensive approach that addresses all facets of economic development including: employment, retail, workforce development, and financial resources.

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