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