Case Studies Archive
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- Albany, NY: Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program (or PDF, 236KB) - The Community and Transportation Linkage Program helps to integrate land use and transportation decisions by providing MPO staff or private consultant support to local community planning initiatives. The funded planning studies are helping to implement key policies of the New Visions regional transportation plan through adoption by localities of land use plans, highway and transit designs, zoning ordinances, driveway, sidewalk, bicycle accommodation, and other standards.
- Denver, CO: Street Classification System(or PDF, 50KB) - The City and County of Denver's new street classification system considers multiple modes and surrounding land uses. Multimodal streets are "zoned" as residential streets, main streets, mixed-use streets, commercial streets, industrial streets, landmark streets, and one-way couplets.
- Illinois (Statewide): Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Planning Grants (or PDF, 222KB) - This program, administered by the Illinois DOT, provides $15 million over 5 years to help local governments develop plans that integrate transportation and land use/development decision making.
- Oakland, CA: Pedestrian Plan (or PDF, 50KB) - The City of Oakland developed a Pedestrian Master Plan that designates a network of pedestrian facilities and distinguishes segments and intersections in need of particular attention for safety enhancements. In addition to traditional technical methods and community input, Oakland used Space Syntax, a software which estimates and assigns pedestrian volumes throughout the city based on land use, population, and other trip generation characteristics, for assessing safety concerns.
- Oregon (Statewide): Community Solutions Team (or PDF, 42KB) - This team, which includes representatives of Oregon DOT and four other State agencies, provides quick-response technical assistance to communities that have a transportation-related land use issue, such as working with a major employer to stay downtown instead of moving to a greenfields location.
- Sacramento, CA: Blueprint Sacramento (or PDF, 45KB) - To support a regional visioning project, a GIS-based community indicator model, PLACE3S was used in conjunction with a regional land use model and travel demand model enhancements to provide real-time feedback in MPO-led public workshops on the effects of different land use options on transportation, open space, and other conditions.
- Seattle, WA: I-405 Corridor Program (or PDF, 149KB) - The I-405 Corridor Program was a partnership among communities, elected officials, agencies, and advocacy groups to define a 20-year transportation vision for the 30-mile I-405 corridor in east suburban Seattle. Led by the Washington State DOT, the program undertook a streamlined EIS approach to reach consensus on a $7 billion transportation package to address mobility and access needs. The solution package includes multi-modal transportation projects and land use strategies.
- Suffield, CT: Charrette-based Planning (or PDF, 45KB) - A charrette process and Visual Preference survey were applied to develop a community plan for the town of Suffield, as part of a regional growth project led by the Hartford MPO. The process resulted in changes to zoning to allow mixed-use development downtown and to a redesign of the town's Main Street.
- Tucson, AZ: Orthophoto (or PDF, 46KB) - Through its Regional Remote Sensing (RRS) program, the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) collects high-resolution digital imagery for state, regional, and local agencies and organizations. Since 1998, the region has invested $4.7 million collecting the photos and applying them to land use planning, transportation planning, corridor studies, zoning code enforcement, preliminary roadway design, and other purposes in the public and private sectors.