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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in partnership with the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), developed A Framework for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in Florida to address how TOD can be a part of transforming Florida’s existing auto-oriented, largely suburban patterns of development into more compact, livable patterns that support walking, biking, transit, and shorter-length auto trips. This effort was initiated as local governments in Florida increasingly encountered TOD concepts and projects characterized as “TOD” for adoption in their comprehensive plans, land development codes, and development review processes. A working group composed of agency and local government representatives was formed to develop Florida-specific TOD design guidelines and implementation strategies. FDOT held a series of ten workshops across the state to present draft TOD materials. In response to input received during those workshops, the scope of the effort was expanded to also address broader transit planning, interagency coordination, and TOD implementation issues. In March 2011, the Phase I, the Florida TOD Framework was completed.
For Phase II, the FDOT contracted with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) to examine how TOD can be implemented in Florida’s various development patterns. Phase II builds upon Phase I by analyzing how TOD functions in existing places and how interventions in the built environment can be made to make transit more viable.
The purpose of Phase I and Phase II is to provide planners, developers, elected officials, and the general public with a Florida-specific set of tools to assist in analyzing and planning for successful transit in their areas of concern.