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TOD Typology

Denver’s Station Typology classifies each station area into one of five context types based on characteristics commonly found in places served by rail transit.  In addition, some stations receive a functional overlay designation that establishes a key functional aspect to the station area context and their associated expectations.  The purpose of the station typology is three-fold:

  • Provide a snapshot of aspirational character
  • Set expectations for development
  • Establish a level of magnitude for possible investments

Citywide Station Typology

Detail of Denver TOD typology map, linking to PDF of full map


Downtown – Mixed use, highest density, tallest buildings, high pedestrian activity, transit hub, and historic areas

Urban Center – Mixed use, high density, grid and alley block pattern, high pedestrian activity, and multi-modal  

General Urban – Multi-family residential, grid and alley block pattern, main streets , corner stores, and multi-modal

Urban – Grid and alley block pattern, predominantly single family residential, main streets, corner stores, and multi-modal

Suburban – Town centers, community open spaces and residential neighborhoods

Functional Overlays:
Innovation – Allowing a wide range and diversity of TOD land uses, activities and building forms to accommodate new types of development such as advanced manufacturing, research and development, creative design studios, and more.

Institutional – Academic campuses, medical and government centers with a significant amount of  jobs

Entertainment – Major destinations – typically evenings and weekends