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Robert N. Lane, Director Regional Design Program. How Can Connecticut Take Advantage of Transit-Oriented Development?. Regional Plan Association www.rpa.org. Technical Lessons. Beyond parking and density - find the intersection of: Transit agency priorities

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Robert N. Lane, Director

Regional Design Program

How Can Connecticut Take Advantage of Transit-Oriented Development?

Regional Plan Association

www.rpa.org

technical lessons
Technical Lessons

Beyond parking and density - find the intersection of:

  • Transit agency priorities

parking, development , ridership

  • Community based goals and objectives

place-making, redevelopment

  • Technical constraints

market, traffic/access, context, environment

technical lessons1
Technical Lessons
  • The architecture DOES matter
  • Parking can be managed creatively
  • Density needs to be explained
  • Housing needs to be explained
  • Create a flexible framework for redevelopment
process lessons
Process Lessons
  • Empower and engage stakeholders
  • Use a diversity of formats and media
  • Iterative process and planning
  • Multiple levels of stakeholder involvement
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Transit Oriented Development in the NY Region:
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Retrofitting sprawl
  • Intensifying centers

TOD Growth

Existing

Trend Growth

what is the share of workers who reach their new jersey jobs by rail
What is the Share of Workers Who Reach Their New Jersey Jobs by Rail?
  • To Jersey City - 21% (9 lines) – PATH, light rail line highly frequent service
  • To Newark – 9% (6 lines) – PATH, Newark Subway, NEC, NJCL
  • Trenton – 1% (2 lines) – NEC
  • To New Brunswick - 1% (1 line) - NEC
  • Elizabeth -1% (2 lines) - NEC
  • To Atlantic City - 1% (1 line) – once an hour
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Overview – Design

Downtown gateway

Mixed-use station area

New civic space

Two new neighborhoods

Green gateway

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Station Area

Hotel

Movie Theatre

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Stamford –

Glenbrook and Springdale

technical lesson the architecture does matter
Technical Lesson: The Architecture Does Matter
  • A deteriorating suburban corridor is saved
  • Multiple actors
  • Public subsidy
  • Control over land use
  • Transportation
  • Very high transit share
  • Good car access

The Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor

technical lesson the architecture does matter1
Technical Lesson: The Architecture Does Matter
  • Implementation
  • Consistency
  • Public participation
  • Issues
  • Quality of urban design
  • Affordability
technical lesson density needs to be explained
Technical Lesson: Density needs to be explained

Understanding density

Is Density “du per acre” or perception?

Use local precedents

technical lesson explain housing1
Technical Lesson: Explain Housing
  • Tax: $300,000
  • Units: 105
  • Density:
  • 18 du/acre
  • Cars/unit:
  • 1.85
  • Children/unit:
  • .05-.1

Understanding Housing

Franklin Square, Metucheon

technical lesson create a flexible framework for development
Technical Lesson: Create A Flexible Framework for Development

Calibrate to local capabilities

Netcong, NJ

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Process Lesson: Use a Diversity of Formats

Diversity of formats

town hall meetings, charrettes, and other convenings

Diversity of media

Interactive models

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Process Lesson: Design an Iterative Process
  • Technical Studies
  • Land use
  • analysis
  • Market
  • reconnaisance
  • Transportation
  • analysis

Workshop #1: Steering Committee

shared understanding

expectations management

vision statement

Workshop #2: Steering Committee

plus Stakeholders

expectations management

concept design alternatives

Workshop #3: Steering Committee plus Stakeholders

schematic design consensus

Workshop #4: Presentation to larger group

final design

final analysis

  • Visioning
  • What do you
  • really want?
  • Principles
  • Issues and
  • Opportunities

Plan

Guidelines

Implementation Strategy

Concerns

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Process Lesson: Design an Iterative Process

Netcong, NJ

Iterative Process: Test schemes and “straw men”

technical lessons2
Technical Lessons
  • The architecture DOES matter
  • Parking can be managed creatively
  • Density needs to be explained
  • Housing needs to be explained
  • Create a flexible framework for redevelopment

Beyond parking and density - find the intersection of:

  • Transit agency priorities

parking, development , ridership

  • Community based goals and objectives

place-making, redevelopment

  • Technical constraints

market, traffic/access, context, environment

process lessons1
Process Lessons
  • Empower and engage stakeholders
  • Use a diversity of formats and media
  • Iterative process and planning
  • Multiple levels of stakeholder involvement
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