In developing the 2002 Master Plan for the City of Stamford, Conn., the neighborhoods of Glenbrook and Springdale realized that their development regulations didn’t enable the type of midrise, traditional village architecture that they valued within their communities. As a follow-up to our work on the Master Plan, RPA led Glenbrook and Springdale through a process that calibrated their community goals with development regulations that would support a walkable, mixed-use village center environment that capitalized on proximity to Metro-North commuter rail. The resulting zoning code, design guidelines and transportation plan led the way to the construction of much-needed new housing near transit and provided a strong customer base for local retail and services. Learn more...
RPA helps residents, governments and institutions understand how to leverage our region’s transit network with land use policies that support housing and employment near our existing and future subways, buses and rail lines.
Our transit-oriented development program includes research, training and direct technical assistance to communities and institutions across the tri-state area. Our recent work has included developing new transit-oriented zoning in Fairfield, Conn.; a rail station area vision plan for Somerville, N.J.; and a design manual for communities in Orange County, N.Y.
RPA has been working toward orienting the region’s development around an enhanced transit network for decades – supporting transit-oriented development throughout the tri-state region long before its economic, environmental and social benefits were widely recognized. Our first regional plan in 1929 recommended that development be linked to a suburban rapid transit system. In the 1960s, RPA encouraged high-density development in the metropolitan core and strategies to integrate transit with the built environment. Our 1995 third regional plan supported channeling growth to 11 regional centers where development would minimize impacts on our environment and transportation infrastructure. Volatile gasoline prices, concerns about climate change and a growing recognition of the need to connect residents and businesses with regional opportunities has made transit access and transit-oriented development an increasing priority across the region.