The Treasure Coast and South Florida Regional Planning Councils, in partnership with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), created a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Education and Outreach Program. The TOD Outreach Program was a collaborative, multi-agency effort to improve mobility, access, ridership, and transit-supportive land development potential for the Tri-Rail Commuter service operated by SFRTA by encouraging appropriate development patterns along the Tri-Rail corridor in Southeast Florida. Appropriate Transit Oriented Development will improve quality of life in the communities served by Tri-Rail and improve the success of the commuter rail system by promoting ridership.
An extensive outreach program engaging local governments and stakeholder agencies expanded understanding of Transit Oriented Development in the region. In addition, a regional Idea Exchange Network to facilitate adoption of TOD policies and zoning codes and subsequent project approvals. The program also established a more collaborative relationship between local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Regional Planning Councils while positioning the SFTRA as a resource and development partner for station-area land development and infrastructure investments.
The program received a 2019 Regional Leadership and Excellence Award from the National Association of Regional Councils on June 11, 2019 at NARC’s 53rd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Omaha, Nebraska.