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TOD Technical Assistance Available for Fairfield/New Haven County Communities

Regional Plan Association and Tri-State Transportation Campaign
 

Communities in Fairfield or New Haven counties with access to public transportation who are interested can apply to receive free technical assistance from Regional Plan Association (RPA) and Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) for TOD-related projects. Interested communities can learn more by downloading the RPA/TSTC Request for Letters of Interest here.

TOD is a strategy for growth that produces less traffic and lessens impact on roads and highways. Households located within walking distance of transit own fewer cars, drive less, and pay a smaller share of their income on transportation-related expenses. Homes and businesses can be built with less parking, reducing the cost of development, making development more feasible in weak markets, and increasing local tax revenue.

Barriers such as out-of-date zoning codes and other regulations and lack of consensus around where and how to grow can make implementing TOD challenging. Many communities lack the technical expertise and resources to engage local stakeholders in a process to develop and adopt TOD-supportive policies and regulations.

Last year, the Connecticut TOD Coalition, comprised of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association, and Tri-State Transportation Campaign, developed two documents and held several forums on TOD. Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT provides best practices regarding urban design, infrastructure, and environmental components of TOD. Halfway There: How to Create Land Use Policy That Makes the Most of Connecticut’s Transit Network assesses how existing municipal regulations impact the potential for TOD around the state’s Metro North stations. This offer of technical assistance is a continuation of those efforts.

The TOD Technical Assistance program is supported by the One Region Funders’ Group, a philanthropic partnership of 12 funders including the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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