City unveils transit-oriented development plan

The city has released a new plan that will kickstart transit-oriented development improvements in station areas across the city to help make Denver healthier, more livable and better connected.

Transit Oriented Denver identifies what each rail station needs in order to maximize its potential and provides a set of action items for getting it there.

"Enabling smart transit-oriented development is critical to the health and livability of our growing city," says Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. "This plan demonstrates that we are thinking strategically about each of these sites, leveraging the character and assets of each unique neighborhood to better connect residents to the amenities they need to live vibrant lives."

Today, many of Denver's rail stations are not located in walkable neighborhoods but in areas that have barriers to surrounding neighborhoods. The development that occurs around these stations is crtical to delivering a more complete network of walkable urban places, increasing accessibility to transit and making housing choices more affordable.

"TOD is more than just building structures around rail stations," says Brad Buchanan, Executive Director of Community Planning and Development for the city. "It is about creating transit communities around stations that knit the urban fabric more tightly together, making Denver a more seamless, multi-modal and vibrant community."

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