Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy

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City Adoption

The Kansas City Transit Oriented Development Policy was adopted as a guide for future development and public investments near transit stations and along transit corridors by the City Council on May 18, 2017, by Resolution 160364.

Final TOD Policy Document

Contact Info

Gerald (Bo) Williams, AICP
Lead Planner
Long Range Planning & Preservation
City Planning and Development
City of Kansas City, Mo.
16th Floor, City Hall
414 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Email: gerald.williams@kcmo.org
Phone: (816) 513-2897
Fax: (816) 513-2838

What is Transit Oriented Development (TOD)?

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor in order to maximize access to frequent, high-quality transit and the benefits it provides. TOD is characterized by dense, compact development with a mix of uses in a pedestrian-oriented environment. The design, configuration, and mix of uses reinforce the use of public transportation, and enhance the vitality of the area.

Why do we need a TOD Policy?

TOD can expand the walk-ability and livability of Kansas City by:

  • Providing economic opportunity
  • Increasing housing choices
  • Expanding mobility options along transit corridors and at existing and future transit stations
  • Providing a foundation to guide both public and private investment at transit stops and along transit corridors.

Additional TOD Resources

The FTA selected Kansas City as a recipient of targeted technical assistance under the National Public Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development, Technical Assistance Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. The initiative focuses on supporting economically distressed communities across the country. The Smart Growth America Team focused on the Prospect MAX corridor.  A two day workshop was filled with presentations, best practices and case studies to help implement TOD policy along the Prospect MAX corridor in Kansas City. View the full report here: TOD Study Report.

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