This report includes a synopsis of the history of barriers to local coordination of housing and transportation resulting from HUD and DOT statutes and regulations, a summary of efforts to date to identify barriers within each agency’s programs, and a description of efforts underway to address these barriers. We conclude the report with a list of provisions in HUD and DOT statutes and regulations, grouped into four categories. These categories correspond to key areas where improved coordination would better support local strategies to plan and implement sustainable communities:
Sam Zimbabwe, director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and Reconnecting America's Program Director Catherine Cox Blair and Program Associate Elizabeth Wampler will be in the Twin Cities on Aug. 24 and 25. On Wednesday evening, they will participate in a public hearing. The hearing is the second of three being held as part of "The Big Picture Project: Aligning housing plans along Central Corridor." According to "The Big Picture Project" website: "A unified housing strategy for the whole corridor can not only bring millions of investment dollars to this stretch of the Twin Cities, it can stabilize existing housing stock, preserve affordable rentals, and make sure new development projects benefit the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. If we continue scattershot planning—project by project—without looking at the big picture, we’re going to miss…
The U.S. Department of Transportation will continue its webinar series next week. On Monday, Aug. 22, the webinar will discuss the expectations for project readiness and NEPA. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the webinar discuss the application process, public private partnerships and credit assistance through TIFIA challenge grants in the next round of TIGER Discretionary Grants.
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) has released a report creating a strategy for implementing successful transit-oriented development along the West Corridor light rail line operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and scheduled to open in 2013.
Light rail in the West Corridor presents an incredible opportunity for transit-oriented development to leverage market momentum for new investment and community building. A focus on TOD will support growth near new transit stations, enhance access to opportunity, preserve and enhance the supply of a range of housing choices, reduce the combined costs of housing and transportation, and support walking and biking to stations. However, implementing TOD along the West Corridor will not be a quick or simple process. The overall economic conditions in the country are vastly impacting the pace and magnitude of private sector development activity everywhere. This macro-level challenge, combined with some micro-market conditions along the West Corridor, where residential home values are relatively low and the potential value increases related to transit have not yet been realized, indicates that in the near term, most implementation activity in the West Corridor will fall…
Around a month ago, FASLANYC ran an excellent post that described the Mississippian mound culture as a potential source of inspiration for a reconsidered Louisiana delta urbanism. In the post, FASLANYC describes the mounds themselves as a "multifunctional networked infrastructure":..