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Bringing People Together and Transforming Our City

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an exciting approach to building a city that can help to achieve Edmonton’s vision of a more compact, transit-oriented, and sustainable city, where more people walk, cycle, and use transit than they do today.

It integrates transportation, land use, and development by concentrating housing, shopping, and employment along a network of walkable and bikeable streets within a five-minute walk in any direction of a transit station (approximately 400 metres).

Done properly, over the next 30 years, TOD has the potential to transform neighbourhoods around LRT stations and Transit Centres into vibrant hubs of mixed-use activity that bring people together.

How TOD can benefit residents:

  • Increased transportation choices
  • Fewer and shorter auto trips
  • Lower personal transportation costs
  • Easy access to daily needs
  • Improved health through increased physical activity

How TOD can transform the city:

  • Increased transit ridership and revenue
  • More efficient use of infrastructure like LRT, sewers and other services
  • Reduced air pollution and energy use
  • Revitalization of neighbourhoods

TOD in Edmonton

A number of initiatives related to TOD are underway:

TOD Guidelines
In February 2012, City Council approved guidelines to encourage transit-oriented development. The guidelines apply to development proposals and infrastructure upgrades within 400 metres of a transit station.

McKernan-Belgravia Station Area Redevelopment Plan
A station area plan for the area near the McKernan/Belgravia LRT Station.

Mill Woods Station Area Redevelopment Plan
A station area plan for the area around the future Mill Woods LRT Station.

Stadium Station
Ongoing implementation plans and council funding.

Blatchford Redevelopment
Planning for a major, world-class redevelopment along the future Northwest LRT line.

Station Pointe
A City-initiated transit-oriented development adjacent to Belvedere Station.

TOD Planning Academy Course
An engaging session for members of the public to learn more about transit-oriented development - and practise doing some of it!

Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) principles integrate transportation, land use and development across the city. These principles concentrate housing, shopping and employment along a network of walkable and bikeable streets within a five minute walk in any direction of a high quality transit service. This approach to planning supports growth in older neighbourhoods by guiding high density infill redevelopment. The TOD planning perspective helps create a well designed and livable city, influenced by growth and change.

How TOD can Benefit Residents

  • More transportation choices
  • Fewer and shorter auto trips
  • Lower personal transportation costs
  • Easy access to daily needs
  • Improved health through increased physical activity

How TOD can Transform the City

  • Increased transit ridership and revenue
  • More efficient use of infrastructure like LRT, sewers and other services
  • Reduced air pollution and energy use
  • Revitalization of neighbourhoods

Resources

The Way We Move

Transportation planning improves travel options, safety and convenience.

The Way We Grow

Municipal development increases density and community vibrancy.

For More Information

Erik Backstrom

Title Senior Planner
Telephone

780-496-6055

Email erik.backstrom@edmonton.ca

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