Tag Archives: Transportation

Four Main Issues to Investigate

The following  are the four issues of  land use and transportation that I will research for six case studies. Ideally, the cities have both commuter-rail and either light rail/ tram or metro transit systems.

1. Land Use: Are there maximum or minimum densities at sites nearest to the major transit stations? Is mixed use the norm or is it a special zone?

2. Traffic: Is there a CEQA transportation checklist equivalent? If so, what are the questions? If not, is the auto traffic generated by the project an issue? How are automobiles on the adjacent streets figured into the analysis of project approvals?

3. Parking: Are there minimum (or maximum) parking requirements and for which land uses under what circumstances? If the project has parking, how is the parking pricing set? For example, do residential units receive a parking space and if so, is there an additional charge for the space? ‘

4. Transit and bike access: Is new transit ridership and demands on transit service evaluated? What are bike and pedestrian access policies pertaining to the project? Is bike infrastructure (including bike parking) required to be built as part of the project? Are there incentives for promoting transit, bike and pedestrian access /circulation?

5. Followup Question. Do the answers to any of these questions vary depending on the proximity of the project to the rail transit stations?

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Goal for the Fellowship

Land Development and Transportation Policies- 6 case studies

My goal for the fellowship is to investigate the key transportation considerations in the planning and approval of a land use development project in Europe. I hope to identify lessons learned about policies that hinder and those that facilitate successful projects near major rail/transit stations. I would then analyze these practices for their applicability in California. Since California is very auto-centric, it often seems as if the automobile conditions trump all the other considerations. I hope to improve the way development projects are analyzed and the resulting conditions which are imposed upon them, so that development needs and impacts are looked at more holistically rather than one mode at a time.

More about the German Marshall Fund’s Transportation, Land Use Fellowship can be found at www.gmfus.com/cdp

It’s Official

I will be leaving for Torino Italia on August 15th for the fellowship I received through the German Marshall Fund.

More later. Read more about it here:          www.gmfus.org/cdp