The Kansas City Transit Oriented Development Policy was adopted as a guide for future development and public investments near transit stations and along transit corridors by the City Council on May 18, 2017, by Resolution 160364.
Background and Purpose
The City Planning and Development Department and BNIM Architects have prepared a draft policy to guide Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Kansas City. TOD is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor and is characterized by dense, compact development with a mix of uses in a pedestrian-oriented environment. The draft policy identifies the critical elements of a successful TOD and provides a concise program of initiatives to implement TOD in Kansas City. The policy applies to the streetcar starter line and future expansions, future commuter rail corridors and Bus Rapid Transit/MAX bus corridors.
What is Transit Oriented Development (TOD)?
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor in order to maximize access to frequent, high-quality transit and the benefits it provides. TOD is characterized by dense, compact development with a mix of uses in a pedestrian-oriented environment. The design, configuration, and mix of uses reinforce the use of public transportation, and enhance the vitality of the area.
Why do we need a TOD Policy?
TOD can expand the walkability and livability of Kansas City by providing economic opportunity, increasing housing choices, and expanding mobility options along transit corridors and at existing and future transit stations. The TOD Policy will provide a foundation to guide both public and private investment at transit stops and along transit corridors. The initiatives in this document range from high-level citywide policy recommendations to specific design standards and the reprioritization of the City’s capital improvement program. It is designed to assist with the implementation of existing recommendations in adopted City plans and provide a coherent vision for leveraging transit investments throughout the City.
A TOD Policy is an important first step to ensure public transit investments are accompanied by new development and economic activity for several reasons:
- It creates a broad framework to incorporate TOD policies and principles into existing plans and future plan updates;
- It guides more detailed planning and dialogue for specific neighborhoods and station areas.
- It identifies potential barriers to TOD in existing plans and policies and outlines a corrective course of action;
- It assists in prioritizing capital investments to maximize benefit and leverage limited resources.
- It facilitates improved coordination of City agencies and departments to support TOD; and,
- It identifies potential areas to strategically focus investment and development. Development Policy identifies the critical elements of a successful TOD and provides a concise program of initiatives to implement TOD in Kansas City.”
Additional TOD Resources
Read the final report from the FTA/Smart Growth America Technical Assistance Workshop for Transit Oriented Development guidance along the Prospect MAX BRT.
Gerald (Bo) Williams, AICP
Long Range Planning & Preservation
City Planning and Development
City of Kansas City, Mo.
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