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Affordable Housing Creation

SCI Snapshots: Affordable Housing Creation and Preservation

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in affordable housing creation and preservation from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Doña Ana Affordable Housing Plan

This Affordable Housing Plan lays out the housing needs, barriers, and goals to housing development in Doña Ana County, NM. The plan applies to the unincorporated areas of the County, including colonias, but not including Las Cruces and Mesilla. The plan was adopted in October 2015.

Date Published: October 2015

Four Corners/Geneva Ave Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to complement the transit infrastructure at the new MBTA station and to enhance three distinct Main Street districts at Four Corners, Bowdoin/Geneva, and Grove Hall and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: October 2015

Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to complement the transit infrastructure at a new MBTA station and to enhance both the commercial center of Mattapan Square and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: February 2015

Affordable Housing Preservation and Creation Study for the Gold Corridor, Denver, CO

The Gold Corridor Housing Strategy is designed both as a resource and implementation plan to guide growth and development in a manner that advances local and regional goals to create vibrant and complete communities at transit stations.

Date Published: January 2015

Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis for Washtenaw County, MI

This report provides an analysis of housing affordability and equity in Washtenaw County, Michigan. It also provides an examination of the local housing market and strategies to address housing issues.

Date Published: January 2015

L.A. Metro Takes Big Step Toward Equitable Growth

In this article, Craig Adelman from the Low Income Investment Fund explains how one study helped to grow the momentum toward these actions. L.A. Metro is proposing to work in partnership with local communities to protect and create affordable housing near transit in the name of ridership and the environment. How did L.A. make this happen?

Date Published: January 2015

Affordable Housing Study: The Housing Suitability Model for East Central FL

This study uses an innovative GIS tool to evaluate the suitability of locations for the development and preservation of affordable housing in East Central Florida. The tool maps locational data in a spatial array to consider how various factors play out in relation to proximity to the new SunRail commuter rail line. The study also examines the relationship of opportunity variables from the regions' Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA).

Date Published: December 2014

Upham's Corner Station Area Plan for Boston, MA

The Upham's Corner Station Area Plan establishes a framework for future improvements and investment to enhance both the commercial center of Upham's Corner and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Date Published: April 2014

Our Next Future: An Action Plan for Building a Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Pioneer Valley

This plan provides a vision for a more vibrant, competitive, sustainable and equitable Pioneer Valley region in Western MA. It is designed to achieve success through promoting collaboration of communities on a regional basis.

Date Published: January 2014

Building Capacity: Issue Brief Compilation from Phase I Team Implementation

This issue brief represents a compilation of specific issue area briefs provided by the Implementation team. Each issue brief accompanied a monthly webinar and allowed grantees to gain additional resources on topics such as creating regional TOD plans and strategies, infill infrastructure financing, advancing sustainability in a slow economy, and redeveloping brownfield properties. This document was created for the purpose of providing grantees with a one-stop resource for all issue briefs from Phase I Capacity Building work of Team Implementation.

Date Published: December 2013

Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit: Program and Policy Models for Success Webinar

This webinar, held on August 5, 2013, provides a brief overview of the need to preserve affordable housing near transit at the national level and will focus on three unique examples from the Boston, Denver and Washington DC regions. The examples highlight the ways that policy, cross sector collaboration and financing can begin to address the need for affordable housing preservation near transit. ;

Date Published: August 2013

De-Concentration of Poverty and Fair Housing Plan for Rockford, IL

This report presents a strategy for deconcentrating public housing (PHA) developments and Section 8 Rental Vouchers in minority ethnic and racial and poverty concentrated census tracts and geographies.

Date Published: May 2013

Buckner Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan provides information about specific initiatives to create a better future for the Buckner area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Hatcher Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan provides details about specific initiatives to create a better future for the Hatcher station area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Lancaster Corridor Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan details specific initiatives to create a better future for the Lancaster Corridor in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Vickery Meadow Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

This station area plan details specific initiatives to create a better future for the Vickery Meadow area, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access. The document is organized into the following main sections:1) Setting and Existing Conditions; 2) Planning Process; 3) Vision and Guiding Principles; 4) Development Plan; 5) Catalyst Project Implementation; 6) Adaptive Reuse Implementation; and 7) Area-Wide Implementation Strategies and Actions.

Date Published: April 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Station Area Plan, Dallas, TX

The station area plan provides details about specific initiatives to create a better future for the MLK Station area in Dallas, with particular attention to reinvigorating housing, addressing land use density, and improving modal connectivity and pedestrian access.

Date Published: April 2013

Fair and Affordable Housing Initiatives for the Tri-County Region, MI

This plan provides an in-depth look at a decade of changes in the Capital region's housing profile. Published by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, this plan offers insight into the views held by housing advocates, planners, people in need of affordable housing, and other stakeholders.

Date Published: February 2013

Housing Strategy for Grand Traverse County, MI

This housing strategy is a citizen-led vision for the future of land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental stewardship across six counties in northwest lower Michigan. The strategy provides information on solutions to housing issues like mixed regional housing choices centrally located in the downtown area. 

Date Published: January 2013

Issue Brief: Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit

This issue brief provides an overview of best practices for creating and preserving affordable housing near transit. Regions across the United States are expanding public transportation systems to allow more residential choices, improve access to employment centers, reduce traffic congestion and lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These transit investments will increase property values in many areas, creating community development opportunities and challenges.

Date Published: November 2012

Developing Land Acquisition and TOD Funds Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, engages organizations considering launching fund efforts, to better understand how a structured fund model works, where and when one might be utilized successfully, and the opportunities and challenges specific to utilizing Sustainable Communities or other federal resources in such a model. Speakers from two communities, one city, one region, highlight their current activities.

Date Published: May 2012

The Case for Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development in the Denver Region

This report, which was commissioned by the Enterprise Community Partners of Denver, concludes that there is a growing demand for housing near transit, and a closing window of opportunity to develop it in a sustainable way with mixed-income housing.

Date Published: February 2012

Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit: Case Studies from Atlanta, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

These case studies describe ways metropolitan areas are addressing preservation challenges and opportunities, and identifies the strategies and tools communities can use to preserve affordable housing in transit-rich neighborhoods.

Date Published: February 2012

Creating Successful TOD Districts in Los Angeles: A Citywide Toolkit for Achieving Regional Goals

This toolkit assesses which stations are – or are not – supporting transit-oriented characteristics, and identifies strategies and investments that could help station areas achieve higher transit ridership, lower VMT, provide housing for a mix of incomes and guard against displacement, and to create healthy, prosperous neighborhoods where people of all incomes have a multitude of travel options.

Date Published: February 2012

Housing and Affordable Housing Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website provides information on affordable housing and the goals, recommendations, and action steps from the Affordable Housing section of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. It provides information about housing resources, links to the Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), housing maps, model comprehensive plan, and policy toolkit.

Date Published: January 2012

Housing Inventory for Grand Traverse County, MI

This planning document provides a comprehensive assessment of Grand Traverse County's housing stock, with an emphasis on affordable housing opportunities and issues, in order to inform decision making. The plan also provides information on the value, condition, and other characteristics of the county's housing stock. 

Date Published: January 2012

Affordable Housing Preservation

SCI Snapshots: Affordable Housing Creation and Preservation

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in affordable housing creation and preservation from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Doña Ana Affordable Housing Plan

This Affordable Housing Plan lays out the housing needs, barriers, and goals to housing development in Doña Ana County, NM. The plan applies to the unincorporated areas of the County, including colonias, but not including Las Cruces and Mesilla. The plan was adopted in October 2015.

Date Published: October 2015

Washington Realized: A Sustainable Community Strategy

This plan provides two complementary strategies aimed at revitalization of the Washington area of West Sacramento CA: a transit-oriented development strategy and a complete communities strategy. This document provides a blueprint and funding strategy to shift development patterns towards compact, transit-served, mixed- use growth that is inclusive of current residents.

Date Published: February 2015

Affordable Housing Preservation and Creation Study for the Gold Corridor, Denver, CO

The Gold Corridor Housing Strategy is designed both as a resource and implementation plan to guide growth and development in a manner that advances local and regional goals to create vibrant and complete communities at transit stations.

Date Published: January 2015

Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis for Washtenaw County, MI

This report provides an analysis of housing affordability and equity in Washtenaw County, Michigan. It also provides an examination of the local housing market and strategies to address housing issues.

Date Published: January 2015

Affordable Housing Study: The Housing Suitability Model for East Central FL

This study uses an innovative GIS tool to evaluate the suitability of locations for the development and preservation of affordable housing in East Central Florida. The tool maps locational data in a spatial array to consider how various factors play out in relation to proximity to the new SunRail commuter rail line. The study also examines the relationship of opportunity variables from the regions' Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA).

Date Published: December 2014

The CHASE Action Agenda: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity in Congress Heights, Anacostia and Saint Elizabeths

This grantee planning document examines seven topics: jobs and job training; entrepreneurship and small business development; housing; retail amenities; preservation and redevelopment; arts and culture; and transportation connections. The Implementation Blueprint lays out a vision for each topic area and identifies key actions for implementation by both District agencies and community-based organizations to complete by early 2015.

Date Published: May 2014

Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Network Webinar

This webinar, held on April 16, 2014, showcases case studies in community and economic development throughout Tennessee that are featured in the new Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network publication, “Navigating our Future: Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network.”

Date Published: April 2014

Navigating Our Future: Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Network

This publication from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable, sponsored by the NADO Research Foundation, highlights innovative community and economic development projects being implemented throughout Tennessee. Stories presented from the state’s diverse regions and communities demonstrate collaborative leadership, strategic partnerships, and implementation-funding techniques that readers can put to use in their own communities.

Date Published: February 2014

Meet Me Downtown: Case Studies in Small Town Economic Development Webinar

This webinar, held on February 5, 2014, highlights three small towns (Greenville, KY; Claremont, NH; and Millen, GA) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives. The webinar showcases how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents.

Date Published: February 2014

Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit: Program and Policy Models for Success Webinar

This webinar, held on August 5, 2013, provides a brief overview of the need to preserve affordable housing near transit at the national level and will focus on three unique examples from the Boston, Denver and Washington DC regions. The examples highlight the ways that policy, cross sector collaboration and financing can begin to address the need for affordable housing preservation near transit.

Date Published: August 2013

De-Concentration of Poverty and Fair Housing Plan for Rockford, IL

This report presents a strategy for deconcentrating public housing (PHA) developments and Section 8 Rental Vouchers in minority ethnic and racial and poverty concentrated census tracts and geographies.

Date Published: May 2013

Fair and Affordable Housing Initiatives for the Tri-County Region, MI

This plan provides an in-depth look at a decade of changes in the Capital region's housing profile. Published by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, this plan offers insight into the views held by housing advocates, planners, people in need of affordable housing, and other stakeholders.

Date Published: February 2013

Housing Strategy for Grand Traverse County, MI

This housing strategy is a citizen-led vision for the future of land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental stewardship across six counties in northwest lower Michigan. The strategy provides information on solutions to housing issues like mixed regional housing choices centrally located in the downtown area. 

Date Published: January 2013

Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit: Case Studies from Atlanta, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

These case studies describe ways metropolitan areas are addressing preservation challenges and opportunities, and identifies the strategies and tools communities can use to preserve affordable housing in transit-rich neighborhoods.

Date Published: February 2012

Housing and Affordable Housing Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website provides information on affordable housing and the goals, recommendations, and action steps from the Affordable Housing section of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. It provides information about housing resources, links to the Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), housing maps, model comprehensive plan, and policy toolkit.

Date Published: January 2012

Housing Inventory for Grand Traverse County, MI

This planning document provides a comprehensive assessment of Grand Traverse County's housing stock, with an emphasis on affordable housing opportunities and issues, in order to inform decision making. The plan also provides information on the value, condition, and other characteristics of the county's housing stock. 

Date Published: January 2012

Green and Sustainable Housing

Unified Development Code for Dona Ana County, NM

This document is the Unified Development Code (UDC) of Doña Ana County, NM. The UDC consolidates all development-related regulations including zoning requirements, subdivision requirements, design and development standards, and review procedures into one document. The code was adopted by the county in December 2016 after over 65 planning meetings and took effect in February 2017.

Date Published: December 2016

SCI Snapshots: Green Building Codes and Standards

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in agreen building codes and standards from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Regional Climate and Energy Plan for Lehigh Valley, PA

This energy and climate element of the Lehigh Valley Comprehensive Plan lays out a strategy for considering a changing climate in its planning, including increased risk of flooding, and its commitment to producing an adaptation plan. It also examines its fuel sources and recommends strategies to increase energy efficiency, including the use of green infrastructure, and diversification of fuel types – including the use of solar energy.

Date Published: August 2014

Parkview Gardens Final Sustainable Development Plan: Connecting People, Places, and Parks

This regional plan provides a plan to ensure that housing, parks, public space, infrastructure improvements, amenities, and economic development complement and capitalize on existing and ongoing public transportation initiatives in University City, MO. The Plan integrates transportation, housing, public space, and cultural arts in a comprehensive, community-driven vision for the future of the Parkview Gardens.

Date Published: June 2014

Sustainable Code Framework for Kansas City, MO

The Sustainable Code Framework is a resource to help local governments identify code strategies that match the vision they have for their community. The Sustainable Code Framework allows communities to explore different code options based on their development objectives. The framework also contains a database of existing projects that demonstrate many of the sustainable principles communities desire. These projects are for the most part local so communities can actually see the projects and how they integrate into local communities.

Date Published: March 2014

Framework for Energy in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional energy plan provides a roadmap for a resilient energy future for the region. The plan includes sections on potential resilient energy strategies, current regional energy usage, the major issues affecting energy choices for the region, and initiatives already underway in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to increase resilient energy.

Date Published: January 2014

Our Next Future: An Action Plan for Building a Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Pioneer Valley

This plan provides a vision for a more vibrant, competitive, sustainable and equitable Pioneer Valley region in Western MA. It is designed to achieve success through promoting collaboration of communities on a regional basis.

Date Published: January 2014

HUD's Sustainable Housing Initiatives and the Better Building Challenge Expansion to Multifamily Webinar

This webinar, held on December 13, 2013, contains an overview of HUD’s sustainable housing initiatives, with a focus on new initiatives launched with the President’s Climate Action Plan last summer, including the expansion of the Better Buildings Challenge to include multifamily residential buildings.

Date Published: December 2013

Summer Smarts Series #6: Integrated Engagement of Persons with Disabilities Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2013, includes representatives from HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) highlighting how Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees can more effectively engage persons with disabilities throughout the planning and implementation process.

Date Published: August 2013

Capital Absorption Framework: Follow-up from Arlington Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Webinar

This webinar, held on May 1, 2013, features Christopher Forinash of the Institute for Sustainable Communities as moderator, and is introduced by Salin Geevarghese of HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. The capital absorption framework is presented by Robin Hacke of Living Cities, and David Wood of the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University.

Date Published: May 2013

Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan for the Village of Oak Park, IL

The plan focuses on water supply issues with the goal of increasing water efficiency and promoting water conservation within village operations and among Oak Park residents and businesses. This plan also provides information on Oak Park's average day usage of water and percent use of their allocation from Lake Michigan. 

Date Published: April 2013

Rental Housing Energy Efficiency for Ann Arbor, MI

This report provides an overview of the City's efforts to increase energy efficiency in the community by targeting renters, who unlike homeowners have less of an incentive to invest in energy efficiency. It also provides a strategy and outreach plan that educates the community, uses voluntary, market-based, and policy approaches to spur efficiency investments in the rental housing market.

Date Published: February 2013

Back to Basics: Performance Measures and Flagship Sustainability Indicators Webinar

This webinar, held on November 1, 2012, focuses on one particular group of performance measures, called the Flagship Sustainability Indicators, which are outcome-based indicators used to measure SCI grantee progress toward creating sustainable regions and communities. HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities requires all FY 2011 SCI grantees to report on the Flagship Sustainability Indicators, and reporting is optional for FY 2010 grantees.

Date Published: November 2012

Issue Brief: Creating & Implementing Sustainable Development Performance Indicators & Benchmarks

This issue brief provides an overview of best practices for creating and implementing performance indicators and benchmarks to improve sustainable development outcomes. Sustainable Communities Partnership grantees may identify a need for a set of community-specific indicators to augment the set of “Flagship Sustainability Indicators” created by the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC). This document is designed to complement OSHC’s guidance.

Date Published: October 2012

OSHC Guidance on Performance Measurement and Flagship Sustainability Indicator Fact Sheets

This document provides instructional guidance and fact sheets on collecting and documenting grantee performance measures related to Sustainability Outcomes captured by the Flagship Sustainability Indicators, which are one set of performance measures developed by OSHC and its partners.

Date Published: August 2012

Transportation Choice

Corridor Plan for Light Rail Extension for Minneapolis, MN Blue Line

This website describes the 13 mile, 11 stop, light rail extension that will connect downtown Minneapolis to its northwest communities - including making connections between these northwest communities and other transit options.

Date Published: March 2017

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Project for Saint Paul, MN Gateway Corridor

The Gateway Corridor project includes transit studies and news updates for Bus Rapid Transit project connecting the east metro area to the Twin Cities.

Date Published: January 2017

Infrastructure Plan for Glens Falls, NY

This website for the Adirondack Gateway Council lays out the region's planned infrastructure developments, including target communities in the region and their respective proposed projects, as well as reports and other related documents.

Date Published: January 2017

Downtown Allentown, PA Development and Urban Design Plan

This document outlines a plan for downtown development in Allentown, PA. It also provides recommendations in the areas of land use, urban design, and transportation and infrastructure. 

Date Published: December 2015

SCI Snapshots: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in transit oriented development (TOD) from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

SCI Snapshots: Transportation Choice

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in increasing transportation choice (including transit, bicycling, and walking) from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Light Rail Flyover Visualization Video for Twin Cities, MN

This visualization shows changes to the METRO Green Link Extension route project made in 2015 and approved by Hennepin County and the cities along the route during the municipal consent process in summer 2015. This website also includes videos, news, and reports on the Southwest light rail expansion.

Date Published: September 2015

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) and Housing and Transportation Plan for Glens Falls, NY

The Adirondack Gateway Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment and Housing and Transportation Analysis (2015) serves as the HUD‐required regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) and as one of several technical reports supporting the overall sustainable development plan for the Adirondack Gateway Council Region. It contributes important knowledge and recommendations for action to the Regional Sustainable Development planning process.

Date Published: June 2015

Granite State Future: Statewide Snapshot

This report provides a compilation of the nine regional plans, numerous statewide technical studies, and the robust outreach efforts conducted at the state and regional level to presents the citizens of New Hampshire with the relative priorities of different subjects across the state. 

Date Published: June 2015

Leveraging Investment in Transit to Achieve Community and Economic Vitality in Denver, CO

This report, Leveraging the Investment in Transit to Achieve Community and Economic Vitality is an action plan for advancing transit oriented development and complete communities along the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks rail system, which links jurisdictions throughout the metro Denver region.

Date Published: June 2015

Eastlake Garfield Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Gateway Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Midtown Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Solano Transit District Plan for Phoenix, AZ

This transit district plan for light rail station area features the following elements: health, economic development, housing, land-use, mobility and "green" systems. Highlights include current conditions discussion, a health impact assessment and strategies to address the health challenges, and a community vision for the future.

Date Published: May 2015

Regional Vision Plan for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides a regional plan for Erie County, PA. It also provides economic development strategies for the surrounding region in OH and PA. 

Date Published: March 2015

Alternative Fuel Scenario Assessment for Centralina, NC and SC

This guidebook provides thorough information about alternative fuel filling station economics and technical best practices. It provides information on market considerations, analysis of fuel types, financial modeling, permitting and regulatory considerations, and design considerations. 

Date Published: January 2015

Economic Case Studies for the East Corridor Rail Line, Denver, CO

The purpose of this research was to assist corridor property owners, developers, and economic development officials with identifying lessons learned with application to economic development growth opportunities and specifically transit oriented development, and addressing specific market, infrastructure, and policy issues or impediments.

Date Published: January 2015

Economic Case Studies for the Gold Corridor Rail Line, Denver, CO

The purpose of this research was to assist corridor property owners, developers, and economic development officials with identifying lessons learned with application to economic development growth opportunities and specifically transit oriented development, and addressing specific market, infrastructure, and policy issues or impediments.

Date Published: January 2015

Innovative MPO Transportation Planning Guidebook

This great resource was developed by the folks at Transportation for America. It is designed to help MPOs — their staff, policy-setting bodies, technical and advisory committees and other interested stakeholders — find innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities.

Date Published: December 2014

Capitol Region Plan for Conservation and Development

This plan is a general guide for the future conservation and development of the greater Hartford, CT area. Its individual chapters provide an overview of the many factors that influence the regional development pattern, and the choices available as they move into the future.

Date Published: October 2014

One Region, One Future: An Action Agenda for a Connected, Competitive, Vibrant, Green Knowledge Corridor

This plan provides a vision and prioritized action steps for the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, a bi-state region that includes the greater Hartford, CT area and the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.

Date Published: October 2014

SF Bay Area and DC Regional Case Studies on Transportation Reform

This report summarizes key lessons learned from these two regions where advocates, philanthropy, the public sector and private entrepreneurs have created powerful coalitions to make transportation investments work better for people, places and the environment.  

Date Published: September 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

Financing Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities in the Sacramento Region

This report provides recommendations for a framework, operational structure, and financial tools to support an equitable TOD loan fund in Sacramento, CA.

Date Published: July 2014

Interview with Maggie Woodruff - Transportation Planner, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission

This video interview features Maggie Woodruff, of New Orleans, describing the Claiborne Corridor project in Louisiana.

Date Published: July 2014

The CHASE Action Agenda: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity in Congress Heights, Anacostia and Saint Elizabeths

This grantee planning document examines seven topics: jobs and job training; entrepreneurship and small business development; housing; retail amenities; preservation and redevelopment; arts and culture; and transportation connections. The Implementation Blueprint lays out a vision for each topic area and identifies key actions for implementation by both District agencies and community-based organizations to complete by early 2015.

Date Published: May 2014

Jobs, Unjobs and Training: Workforce and Economic Development Solutions that Build Sustainable Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on April 30, 2014, focuses on jobs, which are an important part of sustainable community building efforts everywhere and a challenging area of focus for policy makers and practitioners.

Date Published: April 2014

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study for Lehigh Valley, PA (LANta)

This executive summary lays out regional objectives and analysis for expanding enhanced bus and bus rapid transit service. It was adopted by the board of directors in May 2014.

Date Published: March 2014

Framework for Transportation in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional transportation framework identifies opportunities for community players to meet local, county, and regional transportation needs in a coordinated fashion in order to maximize transportation investments. The document provides information on transportation planning; roads and highways; transit; non-motorized transportation; rail, air, water, and freight transportation; multi-modal transportation networks; and strategies to address local transportation related needs.

Date Published: January 2014

Our Next Future: An Action Plan for Building a Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Pioneer Valley

This plan provides a vision for a more vibrant, competitive, sustainable and equitable Pioneer Valley region in Western MA. It is designed to achieve success through promoting collaboration of communities on a regional basis.

Date Published: January 2014

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Study for Minneapolis, MN Cedar Ave.

This BRT Market and Development Study evaluates the impact of BRT and the potential of Transit Oriented Development in six station areas.

Date Published: November 2013

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategy for Michigan Street, Grand Rapids, MI

This plan provides a strategy for transportation demand management (TDM) for the Michigan Street Corridor. It also provides a review of national leading practices and assessment of existing local resources and opportunities, a discussion of alternative approaches and strategies, and development of an action strategy for implementation.  

Date Published: November 2013

Development Opportunity Areas Analysis for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an analysis of 15 neighborhood transit oriented development opportunities. It also provides a market analysis for each area. 

Date Published: October 2013

Performance Measures for Local Livability and Multi-Modal Transportation Webinar

This webinar, held on October 16, 2013, is intended for MAP-21 subgrantees to learn about the benefits, best practices, and collaborative strategies for developing regional transportation performance measurements in their advocacy for better planning at the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and state levels.

Date Published: October 2013

Livable Claiborne Communities Alternatives Analysis & Transportation Implementation Strategy

This technical memorandum provides an analysis of corridor alternatives and transportation system improvements and provides an implementation strategy for the Livable Claiborne Communities in New Orleans, LA.

Date Published: October 2013

Issue Brief: Connecting Jobs and Workforce Development to Transit

This issue brief explores transit connection to jobs, and access to opportunity.

Date Published: September 2013

Envision Tomorrow Plus Training Video Series

This set of training videos trains users on the popular Envision Tomorrow Plus (ET+) tools.  Envision Tomorrow is an innovative set of urban and regional planning tools that can be used to model development feasibility on a site-by-site basis as well as create and evaluate multiple land use scenarios, test and refine transportation plans, produce small-area concept plans, and model complex regional issues.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Unlocking Metropolitan Planning Organization Funding Tools to Support Sustainability Plans

This issue brief pulls from a forthcoming publication by MZ Strategies, LLC for Enterprise Community Partners and Mile High Connects, through funding from the Ford Foundation, to examine the potential for current federal transportation programs to provide equitable TOD financing. It also includes research from a Summary of National Best Practices on Competitive Grant Funds prepared for the Transportation For America/Rockefeller MAP-21 Implementation grantees by Reconnecting America.

Date Published: August 2013

Unlocking Metropolitan Planning Organization Funding Tools to Support Sustainability Plans Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2013, explores provisions within federal transportation funding (including MAP-21) that regions can use to begin implementing their sustainability plans.

Date Published: August 2013

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Action Plan for Twin Cities, MN Northstar Commuter Rail

This document is the action plan and strategic recommendations for moving forward transit oriented development in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

Date Published: June 2013

Complete Streets Master Plan for Downtown New Britain, CT

This master plan provides a guide for creating a more pedestrian-friendly, attractive and livable environment throughout a downtown area in preparation for the 2015 scheduled opening of a new bus rapid transit project.

Date Published: May 2013

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study for Madison, WI

This report provides information regarding a corridor-level concept plan for bus rapid transit along four primary transit corridors in the Madison area. 

Date Published: April 2013

Aligning Strategies to Maximize Impact: Case Studies on Transportation and Economic Development

This report features 10 case studies from 11 states, where regional planning and economic development organizations are taking steps to coordinate planning processes and investment strategies, partner with new entities to improve outreach and implementation, document progress through metrics, and communicate results in an engaging way.

Date Published: April 2013

Issue Brief: Introduction to Cargo-Oriented Development

This issue brief focuses on cargo-oriented development, an innovative transportation and land use planning concept that integrates freight, economic development, workforce development, and environmental programs in existing communities.

Date Published: April 2013

Issue Brief: Sustainable Economic Development Strategies

In this issue brief, we explore the economic challenges facing many regions, as well as the types of strategies that can help to foster innovation, boost productivity for businesses, reduce transportation costs, and provide better linkages to workers, ultimately resulting in more sustainable economic development.

Date Published: January 2013

Issue Brief: Advancing Environmental Justice Through Sustainability Planning

This brief explains why addressing environmental justice (EJ) is a key aspect of creating sustainable regions, and presents ways in which those involved in local and regional planning can achieve EJ in their communities. It begins by defining EJ and outlining some key issue areas –namely industrial pollution, goods movement, urban sprawl, transportation inequity, smart growth, and displacement. 

Date Published: December 2012

Issue Brief: Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit

This issue brief provides an overview of best practices for creating and preserving affordable housing near transit. Regions across the United States are expanding public transportation systems to allow more residential choices, improve access to employment centers, reduce traffic congestion and lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These transit investments will increase property values in many areas, creating community development opportunities and challenges.

Date Published: November 2012

2012 Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Summer Smarts Series

This series features eight sessions for SCI grantees.

Date Published: October 2012

A Project Selection Tool for the State of Rhode Island: Leveraging State Transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Investments

This project selection tool helps KeepSpace assess and prioritize projects seeking competitive state or nonprofit funding.   This tool was originally developed by EPA for Rhode Island.

Date Published: September 2012

Issue Brief: The Housing and Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index

This issue brief describes the H+T® Index, which quantifies the link between built environment characteristics and certain aspects of transportation behavior, including car ownership rates and vehicle miles travelled. The web-based interface allows this relationship to be explored via maps and data tables for nearly 900 US regions.

Date Published: August 2012

Connecticut Department of Transportation's Perspective on TOD Presentation

This presentation is an overview of how the CT Department of Transportation is maximizing the economic benefits of their transit investment by supporting TOD. Presented by Tom Maziarz, Bureau Chief of Policy and Planning, Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Date Published: July 2012

Transportation Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website provides information on regional sustainable transportation development and the goals, recommendations, and action steps from the Transportation chapter of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. It provides Transportation Inventory and Needs, Transportation Maps and Commute Sheds, County Transportation Projects, City Policy Transportation Analysis, County Policy Transportation Analysis, and a Transportation Funding Analysis.

Date Published: January 2012

Livability in Transportation Webinar: Visioning, Planning and Process, and Policy

These online trainings and guidebook illustrate how livability principles have been incorporated into transportation planning, programming, and project design, using examples from State, regional, and local sponsors.

Date Published: June 2012

Assessment of Local Models and Tools for Analyzing Smart-Growth Strategies

This report, developed by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), explores models and tools available for use by cities and counties for assessing the potential effects of smart-growth land-use and transportation strategies designed to provide mobility options and reduce demand on automobile-oriented facilities.

Date Published: March 2012

Regional Planning for Transit and TOD Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on March 21, 2012, describes the challenges the Gulf Regional Planning Commission is facing and how they are using transit and TOD planning to lower housing and transportation costs for residents of the region, and explore how the Twin Cities is leveraging their existing and planned transit network to implement a vision of sustainable, vibrant and healthy communities. This webinar also highlights some of the overarching principles of regional planning for transit and TOD.

Date Published: March 2012

Metropolitan and Rural Transportation Planning: Case Studies and Checklists for Regional Collaboration

This report provides case studies and checklists of possible actions that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), rural transportation planning organizations (RPOs), state departments of transportation, local government entities, and other planning partners may take to enhance their partnership efforts.

Date Published: February 2012