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1 Transportation Oriented Development in the New York Metropolitan Region Robert N. Lane, Director Regional Design Program Regional Plan Association

2 Transit Oriented Development in the NY Region: Brownfield redevelopment Retrofitting sprawl Intensifying centers ExistingTrend Growth TOD Growth

3 What is the Share of Workers Who Reach Their New Jersey Jobs by Rail? To Jersey City - 21% (9 lines) – PATH, light rail line highly frequent service To Newark – 9% (6 lines) – PATH, Newark Subway, NEC, NJCL Trenton – 1% (2 lines) – NEC To New Brunswick - 1% (1 line) - NEC Elizabeth -1% (2 lines) - NEC To Atlantic City - 1% (1 line) – once an hour

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7 Somerville Landfill and Station Area Planning Study

8 Overview - Design ownership environment access Somerville Borough 58 a NJ Transit 38 a Other 19 a Total 115 a Wetlands 38 a (33%)

9 The Hub The Heights The Green Seam Overview – Design

10 Mixed-use station area New civic space Two new neighborhoods Green gateway Downtown gateway

11 Station Area Hotel Movie Theatre

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13 Overview – Design

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15 Total Open Space 41 a (36%) Trails Open Space Framework

16 Overview – Design

17 The Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor A deteriorating suburban corridor is saved Multiple actors Public subsidy Control over land use Transportation Very high transit share Good car access Technical Lesson: The Architecture Does Matter

18 Implementation Consistency Public participation Issues Quality of urban design Affordability Technical Lesson: The Architecture Does Matter

19 Technical Lesson: Parking Can Be Managed Creatively

20 Technical Lesson: Parking Can Be Managed creatively

21 Technical Lesson: Density needs to be explained Understanding density Is Density du per acre or perception? Use local precedents

22 Residential: Single-family 5 du/acre$100,000$(-1,800)/du Two-family7100,000 (-5,700) Townhouse12300, Stacked townhouse22700,0001,700 Apartments (2-3 story)30800,0003,100 Apartments (4+ story)40600, Age-restricted40600, Assisted living24200, Net TODNet ValueTypical UseDensity(per acre)Fiscal Impact Revenue Technical Lesson: Explain Housing

23 Tax: $300,000 Units: 105 Density: 18 du/acre Cars/unit: 1.85 Children/unit: Franklin Square, Metucheon Understanding Housing Technical Lesson: Explain Housing

24 Technical Lesson: Create A Flexible Framework for Development Calibrate to local capabilities Netcong, NJ

25 Process Lesson: Use a Diversity of Formats Diversity of formats town hall meetings, charrettes, and other convenings Diversity of media Interactive models

26 Process Lesson: Use a Diversity of Formats

27 Workshop #1: Steering Committee shared understanding expectations management vision statement Workshop #2: Steering Committee plus Stakeholders expectations management concept design alternatives Workshop #3: Steering Committee plus Stakeholders schematic design consensus Workshop #4: Presentation to larger group final design final analysis Technical Studies Land use analysis Market reconnaisance Transportation analysis Visioning What do you really want? Principles Issues and Opportunities Plan Guidelines Implementation Strategy Concerns Process Lesson: Design an Iterative Process

28 Iterative Process: Test schemes and straw men Netcong, NJ Process Lesson: Design an Iterative Process

29 Process Lesson: Enable Multiple Levels of Stakeholder Involvement

30 Technical Lessons Beyond parking and density - find the intersection of: Transit agency priorities parking, development, ridership Community based goals and objectives place-making, redevelopment Technical constraints market, traffic/access, context, environment

31 Technical Lessons The architecture DOES matter Parking can be managed creatively Density needs to be explained Housing needs to be explained Create a flexible framework for redevelopment

32 Process Lessons Empower and engage stakeholders Use a diversity of formats and media Iterative process and planning Multiple levels of stakeholder involvement


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