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West Santa Ana Branch Transit Oriented Development Strategic Implementation Plan (TOD SIP)

WSAB Transit Oriented Development Strategic Implementation Plan (TOD SIP)

In order to maximize the transit investment that will be made in the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (WSAB) and to ensure that communities along the corridor equitably benefit from the investment, Metro facilitated the development of a Transit Oriented Development Strategic Implementation Plan (TOD SIP). The Plan was funded by the FTA Pilot TOD Project program, and completed in partnership with the City of South Gate, and Eco-Rapid Transit.

The TOD SIP provides an overarching vision and strategic guidance for local WSAB jurisdictions to use as a reference as they develop and implement their own plans, policies and economic development and mobility strategies in the 12 station areas along the alignment. This information will support station areas in equitably and sustainably transforming, as well as in becoming safe and accessible via multiple modes of mobility.

The TOD SIP is an effort that is distinct from the environmental process currently underway for the WSAB Project to define the transit corridor alignment and station locations.

Six strategies and a host of related actions are described in the TOD SIP:

TOD SIP Categories for Eligibility Funding

Governance Equitable Development & Community Preservation
  • Corridor Wide Governance/EconomicDevelopment Entity Structuring
  • Financing/Value Capture Feasibility
  • Special Districts Development, including TIFs, EIFDs and CRIAs
  • Corridor Wide Investment and Marketing Strategies
  • Community Engagement/Education Initiatives Affordable/Inclusionary Housing Policies
  • Rent Stabilization Ordinances
  • Anti-Displacement Policies
  • Land Trust/Property Assembly Studies
  • Equity Screens/Community BenefitsFrameworks
  • Economic and Workforce DevelopmentStrategies, Cultural Resource Identificationand Development
Transit Supportive Planning Placemaking
  • Land Use, Zoning (Form/Use), Infill andAdaptive Reuse Studies
  • Parking Studies and Environmental Clearance
  • Design Guidelines
  • Public Space Activation Plans, Community Design/Wayfinding/Branding/Identity
Mobility, Access & Connectivity Sustainability & Resilience
  • Pedestrian/Bike/Active TransportationPlans
  • New Mobility/Micro Mobility Technologies Planning
  • Renewable Power
  • Infrastructure/Smart Cities Systems: Capacity Studies, Planning, Financing
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Low Impact Development
  • Green Streets
  • Urban Greening
  • Green and Healthy Project CertificationPlanning

The 12 station areas along the WSAB corridor have been characterized in the TOD SIP by type or typology, and the plan provides key characteristics and visualizations of the five development typologies. A vision for each station has been articulated, along with a concept plan representing development that could occur, assuming that the identified priority actions are taken. The 1⁄2-mile walk shed and 3-mile micro mobility (bicycle and other human powered device) shed for each station area has also been studied, and a network of facilities that would ensure 360-degree access to each station has been identified.

With the common understanding established in the TOD SIP, each WSAB community can more effectively direct public resources toward attracting the types of station area development and businesses that are aligned with their particular needs and individual competitive advantages. Adopting coordinated governance strategies and policies, as well as development guidance and access strategies will produce more equitable, sustainable, and impactful benefits for corridor communities, and more transit ridership overall, than would result from local jurisdictions acting alone. Further, taking a unified position to guide and influence regional, state and federal policies, and advocate for a share of regional resources should result in more resources for all.

With the completion of the TOD SIP, city and county staff are expected to review the recommendations with their local decision makers and stakeholders and use the guidance within the TOD SIP to inform their own station area planning, programs and implementation actions.

For more more information contact Elizabeth Carvajal at carvajale@metro.net.


Activities This Program Funds
The Metro Board has authorized staff to enter into funding agreements with WSAB Transit Corridor Cities and the County (Local Jurisdictions) to support a three-year Implementation Program (Program) for the following activities:

A. Grant Writing Assistance: Metro will provide grant writers to WSAB local jurisdictions to support preparation and submittal of grant applications focused on implementing TOD SIP recommendations.
B. TOD SIP Implementation Funding: Metro to provide up to $200,000 to WSAB local jurisdictions to conduct planning studies focused on implementing TOD SIP recommendations.
C. Grant Matching Funds: Metro to provide WSAB local jurisdictions with up to $200,000 in local match funding for jurisdictions to use when submitting a grant application focused on implementing TOD SIP recommendations.

The $200,000 is available as a total for (B) Implementation Program Funding and (C) Grant Matching Funds per each local jurisdiction.

Eligibility to Apply

Local Jurisdictions with boundaries that encompass some or all of the ½ mile area around any of the 12 identified West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project Stations.

Instructions for Applying
Local Jurisdictions should access the Program Description and Intake Instructions, choose from among the three funding programs available, and complete and submit the required Intake Form(s) to WSABTODSIP@metro.net by August 31, 2020, the application deadline for this Round 1 of funding.


Program Description
Metro will provide grant writers to eligible WSAB jurisdictions to pursue grant funding related to one or more of the 6 TOD SIP categories described on page 5 of the Program Description and Intake Instructions for either a Planning Study or Capital Project.

Project Timeline

  • Intake forms are processed as they are received
  • Jurisdictions are eligible for 2 project applications maximum, per year
  • Funding available to support up to 10 applications per year
  • Program funding available for a 3-year period

Application Process

Complete the Section A intake form: Questions 1-10 for Planning Projects or Questions 1-12 for Capital Projects

  • Signature of City Manager or equivalent required for program self-certification agreement
  • Submit to WSABTODSIP@metro.net
  • Intake forms are evaluated by Metro Staff using a “pass” or “fail” method based on completeness, readiness and consistency with WSAB TOD SIP six categories.
  • Jurisdictions that complete one or more applications will be evaluated based on the following top three weighted criteria:
    1. Project Readiness (Scope, budget, schedule and projected start/end date);
    2. Project Staff Commitment (City dedicated staff or another contract staff/agency);
    3. Project Location within Metro’s Equity Focus Communities boundaries.
  • If application is approved, Metro’s Grant Writing Assistance is initiated

Program Description
Metro will fund Planning Studies located within a ½ mile radius of a WSAB station. Please note that local jurisdictions can be awarded up to $200,000 total for (B) Implementation Program Funding and (C) Grant Matching Funds.

Program Timeline

  • Every 6 months a new funding round is opened and advertised, and applications are processed
  • Program funding available for a 3-year period
  • Projects must be completed within a 3-year period

Application Process

  • Complete the Section B intake form: For Planning Projects: Questions1-9
  • Submit to WSABTODSIP@metro.net
  • Intake form evaluated by Metro Staff. Forms using a “pass” or “fail” method based on completeness, readiness and consistency with WSAB TOD SIP categories
  • “Passing” applicants then complete an application detailing how the planning study will impact the applicant’s jurisdiction
  • Jurisdictions that complete one or more applications will be evaluated based on the following top three weighted criteria:
    1. Project Readiness (Scope, budget, schedule and projected start/end date)
    2. Project Staff Commitment (City dedicated staff or another contract staff/agency)
    3. Project Location within Metro’s Equity Focus Communities boundaries
  • If selected, a Metro full funding agreement is enacted.

Round 1

April 14: Round 1 Program initiated, intake form and supporting materials available on website.
August 31: Intake forms due.

Program Description
Metro will provide local grant matching funds for an applicant pursuing funding from another grant source. Please note that local jurisdictions can be awarded up to $200,000 total for (B) Implementation Program Funding and (C) Grant Matching Funds.

Funding Availability

  • New funding round opened and advertised, and applications are processed every 6 months
  • Program funding available for a 3-year period

Application Process

  • Complete the Section C intake form
  • For Planning Projects - Questions1-10 - For Capital Projects-Questions 1-12
  • Submit to WSABTODSIP@metro.net
  • Intake form evaluated by Metro Staff. Forms using a “pass” or “fail” method based on completeness, readiness and consistency with WSAB TOD SIP categories.
  • Jurisdictions that complete one or more applications will be evaluated based on the following top three weighted criteria:
    1. Project Readiness (Scope, budget, schedule and projected start/end date)
    2. Project Staff Commitment (City dedicated staff or another contract staff/agency)
    3. Project Location within Metro’s Equity Focus Communities boundaries
  • If selected, a Metro full funding agreement is enacted.

Round 1

April 14: Round 1 Program initiated, intake form and supporting materials available on website.
August 31: Intake forms due.