Discover how Metro is helping spark vibrant downtowns and main streets through public/private partnerships, investments and incentives in key development projects located near transit.
Focusing housing and employment near transit is one of the most effective ways to reduce regional road congestion, improve air quality and increase transit ridership. Car trips are less frequent in centers with a balance of jobs, housing and urban amenities. Focusing development in existing urban areas uses land more efficiently, reduces the need for costly new public facilities and prevents unnecessary conversion of farmland and natural areas to urban use. It can also spur the revitalization of existing neighborhoods, stimulating the creation of more vibrant communities throughout the region.
The region's long-range plan, the 2040 Growth Concept, calls for substantial amounts of the region's growth to occur in medium- to high-density mixed-use, walkable urban centers and corridors linked by high quality transit service. While this approach appeals to many citizens, public officials, planners and innovative developers, the creation of mixed-use, higher density districts has not been widely embraced by the development community, largely due to economic infeasibility. Metro's Transit-Oriented Development Program aims to provide built examples of transit-oriented development projects and to demonstrate the potential of public-private partnerships for making great communities.
Metro’s Transit-Oriented Development Program uses various approaches to identify qualified developers interested in partnering with Metro to create compact transit-oriented communities.
Request for proposal (RFP), request for qualifications (RFQ), or unsolicited proposal processes may be used for properties owned by Metro’s TOD Program. Metro currently owns property in the Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Milwaukie.View property descriptions
Developers with site control may take the initiative to contact Metro directly to determine eligibility for funding for compact and mixed-use TOD projects that would not be feasible without public participation.
For more information, call Megan Gibb, development center manager, at 503-797-1753 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Metro's Transit-Oriented Development Program has contributed to many of the regions' successful transit-oriented developments and has acquired key opportunity sites at transit stations. Through active engagement in the design and construction of real projects, the program has helped identify and remove obstacles to the creation of transit villages, main streets and mixed-used urban centers envisioned by the 2040 Growth Concept.
In 1998, Metro's Transit-Oriented Development Program was the first in the nation to receive authorization to use federal transportation funding to specifically acquire land for redevelopment adjacent to a light rail station. This authorization set the stage for Department of Transportation acceptance of the close relationship between development patterns and travel behavior. Other innovations include:
The Transit-Oriented Development Program provides financial incentives and uses public/private partnerships to enhance the economic feasibility of higher density mixed-use projects served by transit. The program uses site control and requests for proposals and qualifications to engage a private development partner or purchases a transit-oriented development easement on projects eligible for program funding. The program continues to build capacity of the private sector to develop projects that meet regional planning objectives while demonstrating to the public that the future they envisioned is indeed possible, and is happening.
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The Transit-Oriented Development Steering Committee makes recommendations to the Metro Council about high-density sustainable development projects close to transit.