The definition of transit oriented development in Denver is more than just development in station areas; it is part of building transit communities around rail stations in order to more closely connect the suburban and urban neighborhoods to Denver’s urban centers and Downtown. Removing barriers to transit-oriented development and improving multi-modal first and last mile connections around rail stations can fill in the missing urban fabric between Denver’s new rail transit system, established neighborhoods, and emerging areas. By doing so, Denver can grow into a more seamless, walkable community that provides its citizens with great access to daily needs, whether that is a place to work, to study, to shop or run in the park.
Denver’s transit communities are walkable places that provide destinations like shopping, dining, jobs, parks, and schools — most of one’s daily activities — easily accessed from home by foot, bicycle, and transit. These communities tend to have a variety of housing types, provide the opportunity for a healthy lifestyle, and are designed to maximize resident access to public transportation by focusing activities on a major transit stop.
Transit-oriented development in Denver generally describes a development in an existing or planned transit community that adds to the walkable, vibrant, mixed-use environment and is oriented towards frequent, high-quality transit service that connects the community to the rest of the region.