TOD Policy

JTA Joint Use and Transit-Oriented Development Policies and Guidelines Framework

Transportation infrastructure and land development planning should be undertaken in a cooperative manner. If either effort proceeds without consideration of the interactions between the two, significant unnecessary burdens are imposed, including the need for additional tax revenues to build additional infrastructure, traffic congestion and its accompanying ills. The purpose of this Policy is to address one aspect of this confluence of land development and transportation planning: the so-called "transit-oriented development," or "TOD." In this Policy, that term is given a broad meaning, including but not limited to the "classic" sense of high-intensity, mixed-use developments occurring within a given distance of a fixed guideway transit facility. Additionally, Joint Use Development is a sub-set of TOD; where the property interests are owned or controlled by JTA and development is undertaken with a private sector partner through either land sale or lease.

This Policy establishes the framework that JTA will use in:

  • Evaluating development proposals on property owned or controlled by JTA at existing or planned transit facilities;
  • Cooperation with local jurisdictions and government approval agencies, to encourage TOD on other private or public property adjacent to JTA transit facilities;
  • Identifying the roles and responsibilities of the JTA Board of Directors, the Real Estate Committee, the Chief Executive Officer or his designee and JTA staff; and
  • Defining the process for considering unsolicited proposals for TOD or Joint Use Projects.

Strategic Direction

The following are some of the strategies that the JTA may pursue to encourage and support TOD, and the TOD goals set forth in this Policy, throughout its jurisdiction:

  • JTA may support transit-compatible land use plans that enhance JTA’s multimodal transit, ridership and revenue goals, including compatible land development of JTA-owned or leased properties adjacent to existing or planned transit elements.
  • JTA may encourage cooperative and joint development and public-private partnership opportunities in the acquisition of property, planning for new transit facilities and construction and renovation of transit facilities in a coordinated manner with TOD opportunities.
  • JTA may actively encourage and allow surrounding property owners/developers to construct direct connections and/or pedestrian connections from their properties to transit facilities to support the use of the transit facilities, including through incentives and shared common developments.
  • In consultation with local jurisdictions and with community input, JTA may prepare specific station area plans and guidelines for the transit facilities and adjacent properties that are compatible with the nature, scale and aesthetics of the surrounding community.
  • JTA may support a variety of strategies and incentives, where appropriate and allowed by local jurisdictions, to encourage compact mixed-use development such as TOD overlay zoning, increased density and density bonus allowances, shared parking and optimal parking standards and alternative concurrency provisions.
  • Projects with a residential component may be encouraged to provide a range of housing types to meet the needs of a diversity of household incomes, units affordable to lower AMI percentiles, size and age groups.
  • JTA may encourage a range of commercial or institutional uses that meet the needs of a diverse ridership and mobility options (e.g. grocery-anchored centers, dry cleaning facilities, convenience stores, book stores, day care centers, bike sharing stations, car sharing, etc.).
  • JTA may cooperatively work with adjacent property owners/developers through planning assistance, coordination with government approval processes, and promotion and marketing of projects that achieve JTA's Joint Use and TOD goals.
  • JTA encourages its development partners to embrace sustainable design, construction and operating practices at the project level.
  • JTA will identify and secure TOD financing tools. Value capture mechanism (ex.TIF) and joint-use will be explored.
  • JTA will work with the local jurisdiction to establish incentives to motivate the developer community and business owners to create TODs.

View the full Joint Use and Transit-Oriented Development Policies and Guidelines for more details about JTA’s TOD Policies.

For more information on our processes, please contact:

Michael Corbitt
Real Estate Officer
(904) 632-5257