INNOVATIVE ZONING STRATEGIES       TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT         Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission...
Presentation• Two case studies    1. Station Landing, Medford    2. Woodland Station, Newton• One with re-zoning, one with...
Station Landing, MedfordUse of Comprehensive Rezoning
The Case for Transit Oriented Development
• Mixed Use Zone• Suburban Office Park• 1.2 million s.f. Office and Retail             CCF Master Plan 1988-2002
Why Transit Oriented Development?• 140,000 vehicle trips at site perimeter• Demographics• River, park system and views• Pa...
Existing Zoning Didn’t Work•   FAR/density•   Setbacks•   Distance between buildings•   Open Space•   Landscaping•   Build...
How We Changed It• Re-branded and created a new vision• Based new master plan on transit  connection• Used animation to he...
Results:• Rezoned by City Council in about 90 days• 600 residential units, 25 restaurants and  stores, office, fitness cen...
Woodland Station, Newton       Use of 40B
Why Transit Oriented Development?• Existing parking lot• Underutilized MBTA asset• Great community• Close to residential n...
Existing Zoning Didn’t Work• Public Use zone not suited to development• Concern about rezoning to an existing  zoning dist...
How We Changed It• Reduced or eliminated setbacks• Reduced (although not enough!) parking  ratio• Increased height• Utiliz...
Results:• Prompt process within 40B timeline• Unanimous support of residential abutters• City support for affordable housi...
What Our Residents Say• 60% say transit is most important reason for  housing choice• 67% use the MBTA to commute on a dai...
ChronicleHow It All Comes Together
INNOVATIVE ZONING TRATEGIES   TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT         Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission    M...
Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development
Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development
Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development
Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development
Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development
Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development
Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development
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Innovative Zoning Strategies Workshop - Transit Oriented Development

  1. 1. INNOVATIVE ZONING STRATEGIES TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentTed Tye, Managing PartnerNational DevelopmentDecember 3, 2010
  2. 2. Presentation• Two case studies 1. Station Landing, Medford 2. Woodland Station, Newton• One with re-zoning, one with 40B zoning• What we learned and how to make it happen
  3. 3. Station Landing, MedfordUse of Comprehensive Rezoning
  4. 4. The Case for Transit Oriented Development
  5. 5. • Mixed Use Zone• Suburban Office Park• 1.2 million s.f. Office and Retail CCF Master Plan 1988-2002
  6. 6. Why Transit Oriented Development?• 140,000 vehicle trips at site perimeter• Demographics• River, park system and views• Parking• Proximity and quality of transit
  7. 7. Existing Zoning Didn’t Work• FAR/density• Setbacks• Distance between buildings• Open Space• Landscaping• Building height• Parking ratios
  8. 8. How We Changed It• Re-branded and created a new vision• Based new master plan on transit connection• Used animation to help city understand vision• Educated public officials
  9. 9. Results:• Rezoned by City Council in about 90 days• 600 residential units, 25 restaurants and stores, office, fitness center• Rebuilt Skywalk to MBTA to create better connection• Transit is the #1 reason for success of live-work-play community
  10. 10. Woodland Station, Newton Use of 40B
  11. 11. Why Transit Oriented Development?• Existing parking lot• Underutilized MBTA asset• Great community• Close to residential neighbors, Newton- Wellesley Hospital• Good proximity and quality of transit
  12. 12. Existing Zoning Didn’t Work• Public Use zone not suited to development• Concern about rezoning to an existing zoning district not appropriate for density• 40B provided opportunity to meet affordable housing goals AND not change local zoning in a way that would impact other districts
  13. 13. How We Changed It• Reduced or eliminated setbacks• Reduced (although not enough!) parking ratio• Increased height• Utilized urban landscape/open space concepts• Also utilized animation to help explain changes
  14. 14. Results:• Prompt process within 40B timeline• Unanimous support of residential abutters• City support for affordable housing and transit access (new station and parking)• Strong occupancy• Transit is the #1 reason for success
  15. 15. What Our Residents Say• 60% say transit is most important reason for housing choice• 67% use the MBTA to commute on a daily basis• Most who don’t use transit can’t get to work by T, need car at work and/or have free parking• Parking utilization is 1.1/unit at Station Landing, 1.5/unit at Woodland Station• 62% say they would have an additional car if T access not available
  16. 16. ChronicleHow It All Comes Together
  17. 17. INNOVATIVE ZONING TRATEGIES TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentTed Tye, Managing PartnerNational DevelopmentDecember 3, 2010

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