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Study Reveals More Potential for Land Around CT Metro-North Stations

Regional Plan Association

A new report shows that Connecticut towns with Metro-North rail service are not utilizing that land to its greatest transit-oriented development potential.  The Regional Plan Association recently released Halfway There: How to Create Land Use Policy That Makes The Most of Connecticut’s Transit Network, a study that assesses the steps CT towns along the Metro-North corridor have taken to foster economic and community development around the rail station areas.

The findings indicate that barely half of the 42 communities with stations along the rail corridor have a vision for creating walkable, mixed-used communities and/or zoning laws that allow for a variety of residential and commercial uses or the necessary density to make the transit and businesses viable. Additionally, only 19% of these towns have parking requirements near these areas that promote development, walkability and transit use (meaning there is not an overwhelming requirement of parking spaces per unit/square feet).

Allowing more holistic utilization of the land around Metro-North would not only benefit the immediate community, it would benefit the entire state. Partnership for Strong Communities policy director David Fink speaks to the importance of this analysis:  “This research shows what municipalities can do to maximize their fortunate proximity to transit, and how they can go about it. What we have learned is that when we encourage housing affordable to a range of residents, along with commercial development, walkable streets and desirable station areas, it enhances property values, tax revenues and quality of life.”

This study is part of a collaborative project funded by the One Region Funders Group to promote equitable and sustainable transit-oriented development in lower Connecticut. 

Read the press release

Read the full report - Halfway There: How to Create Land Use Policy That Makes The Most of Connecticut’s Transit Network  


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