On December 12-13, 2012, the Partnership for Strong Communities and UConn CLEAR, working in conjunction with the CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the CT Dept. of Transportation (DOT), organized a two-day workshop - Connecticut's Formula for TOD Success: Municipal-State Cooperation - specifically targeted to towns along the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Line and the CTfastrak bus rapid transit line. Funding for the event was provided by a HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative Challenge Grant that was awarded to DECD to help communities along these transit lines plan and implement sustainable development projects. Learn more about HUD's Sustainable Communities program here.
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The two-day event drew municipal leaders, planners, community development officials, town-level commissioners, property owners and additional stakeholders from the various towns along CT's new rail and bus tranist corridors. DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith kicked off Day One of the event with an introduction of keynote speaker Gov. Dannel Malloy, who spoke about the state's intention to capitalize on TOD opportunities as a way to increase CT's economic competitiveness and attract the workforce the state needs.
Throughout Day One, participants were able to learn more about successful TOD efforts around the country and in neighboring states, the changing demographics of the region and nation and resulting changes in the housing market, placemaking and land value capture methodologies. Guest speakers included Barry Bluestone and Stephanie Pollack of Northeastern University, Rick Rybeck from Just Economics, Amanda Kennedy from Regional Plan Association and David Kooris from the City of Bridgeport.
Day One also included six breakout groups, allowing participants to delve further into specific topics of their choice. Breakout group presenters included Dimple Desai of the Office of Policy and Management, Bruce Hyde of UConn's Center for Land Use Education and Research, Dara Kovel of the CT Housing Finance Authority, Dale Kroop of the Town of Hamden, Mike Santoro of DECD, and David Fink, Christy Rubenstein and Shelby Mertes of the Partnership for Strong Communities.
Day Two of the workshop was kicked off by DOT Deputy Commissioner Anna Barry and particpants were able to hear about the current status of the NHHS Rail Line and CTfastrak from DOT officials John Bernick and Michael Sanders. Guest speakers Richard Manson of Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and Melinda Pollack of Enterprise Community Partners discussed what is needed to make TOD a success in terms of local, regional and state planning, and what financing tools might be useful in CT. In addition, agency officials from DOT, DECD, OPM, CHFA, CT Innovations, and DEEP provided information on resources available for TOD projects and fielded questions from participants regarding their agency's role in TOD efforts occurring near transit stations.
Event Materials are available for download below. For more information about the event, contact David Fink, Policy Director, Partnership for Strong Communities - firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE - new funding is available for the HOMEConnecticut Program, administered by OPM. OPM is accepting applications until Jan. 31st. Information on this program that was provided during the workshop is available here. Click here to visit OPM's website to access the application information and materials.
- Speaker Bios
- Agency Contacts
- State Agency Resources Available for TOD
- Handout with Links to Resources
- Barry Bluestone – A New “New Paradigm for Housing in New England
- Stephanie Pollack – The Evolution of Transit-Oriented Development
- Amanda Kennedy & David Kooris – Placemaking…
- Rick Rybeck – Using Land Value Tax, TIFs and Value Capture…
- John Bernick - New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Line
- Michael Sanders - CTfastrak
- Richard Manson – TOD Success: What Must Happen On The Ground
- Melinda Pollack – The Key Steps: Land Banking, Finance and Coordination…
Breakout Group Materials:
- Video - Idea Factories: Residents Shaping the Future of Their Towns
- Success Stories: Mixed-Income Housing in Connecticut
- Property Values Presentation – Bruce Hyde, Christy Rubenstein
- Mixed-Use Presentation – Dale Kroop
- OPM Resources Presentation – Dimple Desai
Resources from Other States:
- State of Maryland Executive Order: PlanMaryland and TOD
- 2009 Transit Village Criteria and Scoring Guide – New Jersey
- Now Coveted, A Walkable Convenient Place – NYTimes, Chris Leinberger
- Suburban Swap: Trading A Backyard for a Train Station – Wall Street Journal
- Soaring Rents Drive A Boom In Apartments - NYTimes
- New Jersey’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Paying Off – Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Reports & Studies:
- Local Policy Options to Support Sustainable and Equitable Development – Center For Housing Policy
- Public Transit’s Impact on Housing Costs: A Review of the Literature – Center For Housing Policy
- Mixed-Income Housing Near Transit: Increasing Affordability With Location Efficiency
- Maintaining Diversity In America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Change
- Transit Corridors and TOD: Connecting The Dots
- Access For Value: Financing Transportation Through Land Value Capture
- Financing Station-Area Development in Connecticut With Value Capture Approaches – RPA
- Realizing The Potential: Expanding Housing Opportunities Near Transit – Reconnecting America
- Collecting Land Value Through Public Land Leasing – Lincoln Institute for Land Policy
- Case Studies for Transit Oriented Development – LISC, Reconnecting America
- An Evaluation of Property Values in New Jersey Transit Villages
- Public Transit Boosts Property Values, If Conditions are Right
Rails to Real Estate: Development Patterns Along Three New Transit Lines