Denver Looks to Developers to Help Forward its Transportation Goals

Published on April 20, 2021

Denver Looks to Developers to Help Forward its Transportation Goals and Expand Mobility Options

DENVER –  New rules introduced by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and approved by Denver City Council last night make developers partners in furthering Denver’s mobility goals by providing residents and employees with choices in how they move about the city. The ordinance requires new developments to implement measures known as Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies that expand people’s travel options and create attractive alternatives to driving. 

Examples of TDM strategies that developers may choose from to increase mobility options and reduce single occupancy vehicle trips, which contribute to traffic congestion and greater levels of greenhouse gas emissions include: 

  • Offering subsidized transit passes
  • Supporting/offering car share opportunities
  • Offering people who walk or bike to work amenities such as showers, lockers, and changing rooms
  • Shared amenities for people who ride bikes, such as repair kits and air pumps
  • Event or one-time transit passes or a transit validation program
  • Eliminating policies/practices that subsidize parking and incentivize driving
  • Work from Home and alternative work schedule policies 

The measures Denver will require of developers will correspond to the size of the development (by number of residential units or square feet of space), as well as the type of development and land use context. 

Please see Denver TDM Plan that outlines the property types/sizes to which the ordinance applies.