Transit oriented development
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners established the transit oriented development (TOD) program in 2003 to support both redevelopment and new construction that enhances transit usage. Since the program began, Hennepin County has awarded more than $29 million, to-date, in general obligation bonding and levy funding to both urban and suburban projects. Funds have assisted projects along key Hennepin County transit corridors such as Hiawatha, Central Corridor, Southwest, Bottineau, and other high frequency and express bus routes.
The County Board has authorized approximately $2 million per year in the capital budget through 2017 for TOD projects.
The TOD program criteria support projects and developments that generally:
- Enhance transit usage
- Increase density along transit corridors
- Reinforce both the community and the transit system
- Exhibit a compact and efficient use of available space, rather than auto-oriented sprawl
- Contain a diversity and mix of uses with daily conveniences and transit at the center
- Support pedestrian-friendly physical design that encourages walking, bicycling and access for people with physical disabilities
- Are within a comfortable walking distance to transit