Your Feedback Needed: What is 'Transit Oriented Development'?

At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee) and Linda Smyth (D-Providence) asked the county staff to give the board a definition of transit oriented development.

Kauffman and Smyth said that the county is seeing the term more often and will continue to hear about it after Metro is extended to Wiehle Avenue in Reston and the airport.

"However," Kauffman and Smyth said in a joint statement, "we have not taken this concept from a working level definition to something easily understood or quickly translatable to the average citizen."

"Before we get too much further along in articulating this as something desirable, we must make it understandable and to the extent possible standardized and verifiable," said Kauffman, chairman of the Metro Board, and Smyth, whose district includes the planned MetroWest project at the Vienna Metro Station.

The supes said that transit oriented development can mean virtually anything you want it to mean. To help clarify, they asked the staff to come up with a definition or set of principles of what it takes to be a transit oriented development in Fairfax County.

That's where you come in. What do you understand transit oriented development to mean?

By Steve Fehr |  December 5, 2005; 6:41 PM ET  | Category:  Development, Growth , Neighborhoods , Transportation
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