Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor. This guide highlights key ideas about transit-oriented development (TOD) and shows how local Minneapolis – Saint Paul projects have put these ideas to work. The document features best practices and case studies and provides a baseline approach for implementing TODs.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to implementing TODs, several key concepts – such as compact development, mixed uses, pedestrian orientation and multiple transportation interfaces – can be applied to a majority of projects.

This is a helpful resource for cities looking to model success in developing TODs. The guide discusses many important components including block sizes, densities, complimentary land uses, building design, building massing, building orientation, area connections and parking controls. Additionally, the guide demonstrates that each TOD will be different and will have different needs based on the local situation. 

PDF – TOD Guide Urban Communities in Spanish

PDF – TOD Guide Urban Communities in Chinese