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Transit Supportive Planning

Transit Supportive Planning provides programs and tools for municipalities to promote successful transit-oriented land use and planning, and for the development community to design, build, and maintain projects near Metro transit services and facilities in furtherance of Metro’s Transit Oriented Communities vision. Resources include:

Transit Oriented Development Planning Grant Program

The Transit Oriented Development Planning Grant Program provides competitive funding to municipalities and County agencies seeking to adopt comprehensive, transit-supportive land use plans that remove barriers to TOD. Funded plans include updates to General Plans, specific plans, overlay zones or other planning tools. The grant also funds the environmental processes required to adopt the plans. In addition to funding land use plans, a Transit Oriented Communities Tax Increment Financing Pilot program will fund feasibility studies for eligible cities and/or the County to consider tax increment financing districts around transit stations. Details on the first –five rounds of this grant program.

Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit

The Transit Supportive Toolkit is a resource to advance the level of development that promotes equitable access, sustainable practices, and transit-supportive places and infrastructure. Metro’s Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit provides municipalities with best practices and case studies for resilient and transit-supportive land uses across a variety of neighborhood typologies. The research-based Toolkit identifies ten elements of Transit Supportive Places that when advanced collectively can improve the reduction of vehicle miles traveled and increase transit ridership.

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

Metro has led the development of a TOD SIP for the proposed WSAB Transit Corridor, to maximize the transit investment that will be made in the corridor, and to ensure that communities along it equitably benefit from the investment. The TOD SIP provides an overarching vision, strategic guidance, and best practices for local WSAB jurisdictions to use as they develop and implement plans, policies and economic development and mobility strategies in 12 station areas. The WSAB TOD SIP, and all of its supporting documents, can be accessed on the Transit Oriented Development tab on this page:

Metro Adjacent Development Review

Metro’s Adjacent Development Review process and Handbook encourage early coordination with development project teams and municipalities, and provide guidance in the design, construction, and maintenance of projects near Metro rights-of-way. This process is intended to support the creation of integrated, vibrant places around transit, reduce potential transit-development construction and operational conflicts, and facilitate clearance for building permits.

City of LA TOC Incentive Program

In September 2017, the City of Los Angeles created the Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Affordable Housing Incentive Program , required by approval of  Measure JJJ (Build Better L.A.) was approved by voters in 2016. The TOC Affordable Housing Incentive Program encourages the development of affordable housing in “TOC Affordable Housing Incentive Areas” , which are areas located within a one-half mile radius around a “Major Transit Stop”, through the provision of a host of development incentives. Find more information here .