What is a TOD Zoning Overlay in Austin? (Transit Oriented Development)

July 21, 2015 by Thomas Lombardi Jr, P.E.

A transit oriented development (TOD) is a zoning district centering a transit station and the neighboring area.

Elan East is a BIG RED DOG project located in the MLK TOD District.
Elan East is a BIG RED DOG project located in the MLK TOD District.

The zoning district promotes development that is compatible with public transit, such as multifamily buildings, shopping, and restaurants in close proximity to a transit station.  The TOD ordinance was established as part of the City of Austin goal to manage growth by reducing reliance on automobiles and to encourage the use of public transportation.

The TOD Ordinance outlined a two-phase process for identifying the location, boundaries, land use, and site development standards for a TOD district.  The first phase identifies the location of the TOD district and interim regulations.  The TOD districts that were established include: The Northwest Park & Ride, North IH-35 Park & Ride, Lamar Blvd/Justin Lane, MLK Jr. Blvd, Plaza Saltillo, and The Convention Center.

The second phase creates the Station Area Plan, which will promote Transit Oriented Development design standards.  As of this writing, three of the TOD’s have completed both Phase I and Phase II of the TOD process.

Plaza Saltillo TOD Regulating Plan

MLK TOD Regulating Plan

Lamar Blvd/Justin Lane TOD Regulating Plan

Corazon is a BIG RED DOG project located in the Plaza Saltillo TOD District.
Corazon is a BIG RED DOG project located in the Plaza Saltillo TOD District.

Do you have questions about TOD zoning in Austin? We can help. Just contact our Austin office when you’re ready.

 

Written by Thomas Lombardi Jr, P.E.

Thomas Lombardi Jr, P.E.

Thomas Lombardi, Jr is a Site Development Team Leader for our Commercial Services market sector in Austin. Thomas joined the BIG RED DOG team in April, 2014. Thomas graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered P.E. in the State of Texas. He brings extensive knowledge in fluid mechanics, stormwater management, hydrology, hydraulics, grading, site plans and permitting. He has completed projects in Austin, Leander, Gonzales, Kyle, San Marcos, Cuero and Kenedy Texas.