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RV 2015: Local and Regional: Together, Not Against by Therese Trivedi


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Regional governments: friends or foe? Metropolitan planning organizations, regional planning agencies and councils of government can either help or hinder local community TOD efforts. Meet three regional planning agencies -- from the Bay Area, Boston and Chicago -- who believe in helping. Learn how they support communities in planning for, financing and implementing TOD. What is the role of regional leadership? How did these programs evolve? How do they reflect the needs of your own community? Discuss key elements in small groups with the team of presenters: TOD planning grants, housing affordability as a transportation crisis, and market feasibility. Learn to advocate for your regional agency to take a deeper role in TOD.

Moderator: Chris Sandvig, Regional Policy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, GoBurgh Initiative, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jessica Hector-Tsu, PE, Director, Planning and Market Development, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, Illinois
Matthew Smith, Senior Economic Development Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Therese Trivedi, Senior Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, California

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RV 2015: Local and Regional: Together, Not Against by Therese Trivedi

  1. 1. Priority Development Area (PDA) Planning Program Preparing Your Region for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Railvolution October 26, 2015 Therese Trivedi, Senior Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission 1
  2. 2. • Priority Development  Areas (PDAs) • Locally‐nominated areas for  development • Frequent transit service • Nearly 200 PDAs in the  region • Framework for long‐ range planning and  regional growth 2 San Francisco Bay Area – Priority Development Areas
  3. 3. • Comprehensive  neighborhood‐level land use  & transportation planning o Land use alternatives o Market studies o Access & Parking o Affordable Housing o Infrastructure & Financing • Links local aspirations and  regional objectives • Includes programmatic  environmental documents to  streamline development  process 3 MTC’s PDA Planning Program – What is it?
  4. 4. • Supports discrete  projects that advance  implementation of PDA  plans  • Addresses  implementation barriers  identified during PDA  Planning process 4 Technical Assistance Program
  5. 5. PDA Plans In Action Within 6 months of adopted MTC‐funded plans (examples): • New Units* • Oakland / Broadway: 1,200 • South San Francisco Downtown: 500, including 90 very low income • Retail development* • Oakland / Broadway: 150,000 sq. feet * permit submitted or approved for construction 5 Regional Plan Local  Planning/Zoning Development Why Plan?
  6. 6. • PDA Planning – 51 projects  o 60,000 + housing units o 103,000 + new jobs  o 26 million sq. ft. commercial  development • Technical Assistance* ‐ 31 projects o Focus on barriers to local planning  implementation *Includes PDA Staffing Assistance projects PDA Planning ‐ $23,979,500 6 PDA Technical Assistance ‐ $1,787,500 PDA Planning & Technical Assistance: Results To‐Date (2005) MTC Investment in PDA Planning  and Technical Assistance To‐Date
  7. 7. • Even if a city has an adopted plan/TOD‐friendly  zoning, what are tools to incentivize development,  particularly in “cooler” markets? • How can jurisdictions overcome barriers or sticking  points to implementing their plans?   7 Food for Thought/Discussion