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TOD Redevelopment on the Grandest Scale by Tom Young


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Redevelopment of older neighborhoods, brownfields and sprawling suburban areas is a reality across North America. These projects provide exciting test cases for large-scale TOD and integrated land use planning. Explore three large-scale TOD redevelopment projects that are transforming their communities. Hear about innovative sustainable development approaches being deployed: complete streets, reduced commercial and residential parking, custom zoning and integrated stormwater management. Study the design of high-quality public realms including urban agriculture areas, parks and open spaces. Take home tangible strategies for balancing the needs of a sustainable, multimodal transportation network with the needs of redevelopment.

Moderator: Steve Granson, Transit Project Manager, HDR, Chicago, Illinois
Katherine Youngbluth, AICP, Commercial Development Specialist, Real Estate Development Group, Arlington County Government, Arlington, Virginia
Tom Young, AICP, Associate - Community Development, Stantec Consulting Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta
Merrill St. Leger-Demian, AICP, LEED AP, Principal, SmithGroup/JJR, Washington, DC
David Kirschner, Capital Projects Management Coordinator, Environmental Services, Arlington County, Arlington, Virginia

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TOD Redevelopment on the Grandest Scale by Tom Young

  1. 1. Edmonton City Population: 880,000 Metro Population: 1.3 million Transit Mode Share: 9% (region) & 20% (urban core) Annual Transit Ridership: 83,000,000 (2012) LRT System Length: 15 miles, 2 lines &18 stations LRT Daily Boardings: 115,000
  2. 2. What we started with…
  3. 3. Vision
  4. 4. Blatchford Redevelopment Landowner/Developer: City of Edmonton Overall Plan: 500+ acres, 2 miles north of downtown 15,000 residential units 1,000,000 sf office space 300,000 sf retail 20-25 year build-out Stage 1: Construction began Aug 2015 16 acres ~400 townhouse and apartment units LRT Service: 1/2 mile walk from Stage 1
  5. 5. Districts Concept
  6. 6. Parks and Open Spaces
  7. 7. Parks and Open Spaces
  8. 8. Town Centre
  9. 9. Town Centre: NAIT LRT Station
  10. 10. East District: NAIT Campus Expansion
  11. 11. East District
  12. 12. West District
  13. 13. Transit and LRT
  14. 14. Land Use
  15. 15. Pedestrian and Bicycle Network
  16. 16. Standard Walkways
  17. 17. Custom Design: Blatchford Walkways
  18. 18. Standard Collector Roadway
  19. 19. Custom Design: Blatchford Active Streets
  20. 20. Custom Design: Stage One Concept
  21. 21. Custom Design: Stage One Concept
  22. 22. Custom Design: Stage One Concept
  23. 23. Custom Design: TOD and Active Living New Street Types • Active and Quiet streets replace traditional Collector and Local street classifications • Dedicated cycling infrastructure • Some blocks pedestrian-only Parking Regulations • Reductions to reflect pedestrian character and LRT service • 30% reductions for • residential uses • 50% reduction for commercial uses • Most parking underground
  24. 24. Custom Design: Active Green Community Urban Agriculture • Community gardens, greenhouses and rainwater capture and reuse in park spaces • Farmers markets and rooftop gardens permitted Stormwater Management • Comprehensive approach to stormwater management • Naturalized wetland, bioswales and rain gardens part of first stage and throughout Blatchford • Rainwater capture for urban agriculture purposes
  25. 25. Custom Zoning: Focus on Design • Highly urban built form • Townhouse and stacked townhouse, low-rise and mid-rise mixed use • Strong focus on pedestrian oriented character and building relationship to streets and public spaces • Focus on safety, natural surveillance and animation of public and semi- public space • Design direction for attractive architecture and diverse streetscapes
  26. 26. Custom Zoning: Innovative Built Forms Mixed Uses • Zones structured specifically with mixed uses in mind • Intended for small-scale, local- serving retail, restaurants and services • No auto-oriented uses permitted Suites in Townhouses • Garage or basement suites permitted for fee simple townhouses • Increases density and activates alleyways • Affordable housing option and mortgage-helper for homeowners
  27. 27. Sustainability: District Energy Sharing System
  28. 28. Sustainability: Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  29. 29. Lessons Learned • Major urban sites such as former airports are once in a generation opportunities for city-building. • Custom design takes time and energy but is worth the effort to have form follow function and create a strong sense of place. • Having high quality transit in place prior to development is a huge advantage for high density, multi-modal planning.