Coordinating Transportation and Land Use

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Journal Article

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land use - planning, land use - smart growth, ridership - growth, policy - sustainable, place - urban


Urban renewal, Transportation professionals, Transportation planning, Technical assistance, Sustainable development, Sustainability, Study tours, Strategies, Strategic planning, State departments of transportation, Smart growth, Site visits, Regional planning, Public participation, Public involvement, Priorities, Planning and design, Plan implementation, Partnerships, Objectives, Local participation, Leadership, Land use planning, Goals, Funding, Freight corridors, Financing, Context sensitive design, Citizen participation, Case studies


In June 2004, a group of transportation professionals participated in a series of site visits on transportation and growth. The objectives of the visits were to identify factors leading to successful practices in transportation-land use integration, to investigate key challenges and how agencies have worked to overcome these challenges, and to disseminate these findings to a broader audience. This article highlights examples from the site visits and describes some of the most significant findings. Programs and projects visited include comprehensive regional planning and visioning; corridor planning approaches that consider a range of transportation and land use strategies;context-sensitive design practices; state department of transportation participation in local comprehensive planning; provision of federal and state financial and technical assistance to support transit villages, downtown revitalization and sustainable development; and freight corridor planning in support of smart growth objectives. Several common factors were identified that underlie successful efforts to integrate transportation and land use: emphasis on vision, leadership, partnerships, an open and inclusive public process, technical resources, and implementation tools.