• August 2018

    White Paper - Transit Oriented Development in Phoenix

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    In 2005 the first leg of the Valley Metro Regional Light Rail system opened, connecting the cities of Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix. The system has been a major success in the region, exceeding ridership projections and promoting intensive mixed-use development in the areas within walking distance of the stations. As part of the planning for the system, the cities along the route undertook major efforts to re-plan the districts effected by the new system to promote Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the new line, with an emphasis on mixed use, street oriented, pedestrian-friendly environments. With its emphasis on the spatial and environmental qualities of street corridors, a Form-Based Coding approach was used as a basis for many of the plans particularly in Tempe and other areas of relatively low density.

    The three projects presented in this TOD white paper represent a wide range of involvement in the urban design, planning and architecture of TOD projects. The white paper begins with the Downtown Phoenix Urban Form Project, a master plan and new zoning code encompassing 2.15 square miles of Phoenix’s downtown core and is followed by a recent development in Tempe and an urban infill project in Downtown Phoenix.

    Each project responds to unique, local conditions however, a number of general TOD planning principles have been used throughout.

    - An activated, pedestrian-oriented ground plane
    - Human-scaled building massing to enhance street corridors
    - Incorporation of architectural and natural shade
    - Urban Heat Island mitigation
    - Street hierarchy
    - Multi-use programming

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