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Advocates Release Toolkit, Offer TOD Strategies To Downstate Munis

5 April 2013

More than 80 municipal officials and community leaders heard strategies for creating energy-efficient housing, commercial development and complete streets near their transit stations at a forum for New Haven and Fairfield County municipalities Thursday, April 4 in Bridgeport.

Sponsored by the One Region Funders Group - which includes Citibank, the Fairfield County Community Foundation and the Tremaine Foundation - the forum included the description and release of a new 62-page TOD Toolkit for CT created by the Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Presentations were also made by officials of Montclair Township, New Jersey, and Reading, Massachusetts, on their redevelopment - the former through form-based code and a master plan, the latter using an overlay zone as part of an incremental strategy - of areas adjacent to commuter rail stations that have included mixed-income housing and new commercial enterprises.

Click here to view the presentation about the TOD Toolkit from the forum. 

The forum will be followed by a May 9 session in which TOD and redevelopment experts will answer municipalities questions and show how municipalities have used charrettes and other public forums to engage their residents to glean ideas, educate them and achieve buy-in, and how they have translated those efforts into successful TOD. 

For more on TOD in western CT, check out  the TOD Line Newsletter from the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School.