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West Santa Ana Branch Project

Background

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.