In an effort to better serve the local communities in Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas is pleased to provide the Knowledge Exchange Series. We are conducting research and providing technical assistance on topics that shape the way Pinellas County redevelops.
Have you ever been to a city where you can easily travel without an automobile? Where transitioning from walking, or perhaps biking, to transit is seamless, efficient, and enjoyable? Where a connected transportation network allows you to easily get to work, restaurants, retail and recreation? Thoughtful city design helps to create this environment, and at the heart of this design is often the incorporation of Transit-Oriented Development.
Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD, is a type of development that typically includes a mix of land use types, such as residential, commercial, and office uses, with pedestrian amenities and within a half-mile of public transportation. Around the world, TOD has developed into a planning, community development, design, and funding method that supports livable, walkable environments. Within Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas is committed to working with our partners to encourage TOD by identifying the locations best suited for premium transit service through Advantage Pinellas and the Countywide Plan.
To support current and future TOD efforts, we put together a number of resources for local governments interested in learning more about TOD and how they can promote TOD within their communities. Resources include:
- A whitepaper that outlines key challenges and opportunities of TOD, such as locating and creating a market for TOD, funding service and increasing ridership, and equity considerations. It also features case study examples around the country and highlights key next steps for local governments within Pinellas County to consider when trying to implement TOD within their communities. These include reviewing comprehensive plans to identify potential limitations to TOD and amending policies accordingly and considering the incorporation of TOD supportive land development regulations.
- A video highlighting TOD projects around the world, around the state, and within Pinellas County.
- Powerpoint presentations highlighting local TOD projects and different TOD approaches and research efforts.
Next steps include encouraging local governments to follow the recommendations identified in the TOD whitepaper to promote TOD at the local level.