Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

Transportation Requirements for New Developments

After nearly two years of planning and outreach, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) has introduced new rules, which have been approved by Denver City Council that 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.

Benefits, Strategies & Goals

Denver’s TDM Plan will benefit the community by

  • Reducing the number of people driving
  • Creating walkable, transit-friendly communities
  • Improving community health and the environment

Developers will select strategies that expand people’s transportation options, including:

  • Services
  • Infrastructure
  • Parking Management
  • Multimodal Subsidies
  • Education

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.

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Tier 0-2 Graphic

Resources and Information for New Developments

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ document offers answers to questions that staff have received during the process of creating the regulation, and it will continue to be updated as we get more questions.

Summary Document and Brochure for Developers

This document summarizes TDM regulation.

This brochure summarizes the proposed TDM regulation

Denver TDM Plan

This planning document is the result of over a year of study and outreach into TDM requirements and regulations.  It covers the background, planning process, and the recommended next steps from the City & County of Denver.  This document has also served as a roadmap to create the TDM Ordinance as well as the new Rules & Regulations.

Prior Presentations & Webinars for Developers

Copies of the most recent presentations given regarding the TDM Plan are below:

Developer Webinars

Overview of the Regulation

  • February 10, 2021
  • The video at the link below outlines the specifics of the TDM regulation, the review & adoption process and the anticipated timeline.
  • Meeting Video (YouTube)

Transportation Associations and Organizations

  • March 26, 2021
  • The video at the link below was given to Transportation Management Associations and other transportation organizations who are key partners in advancing City goals.
  • Meeting Video (YouTube)

How To Submit a TDM Plan

  • April 29, 2021
  • The video at the link below covers the details of preparing and submitting a TDM Plan to meet the new regulations.  As mentioned during the video, a FAQ document will be posted in the near future.
  • Meeting Video (YouTube)