TOD Finance:  Why Finance Matters

While the world of finance may seem complex, it is an incredibly important aspect of development. With this knowledge, communities and policy makers can devise better planning and public policy solutions to achieve their goals, and imagine and implement more effective incentives and statutory requirements to improve the next generation of TOD.

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Transportation, Health Equity & COVID-19: Connections Between Access and Well-Being

Access to quality, reliable transportation has a major impact on one’s life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this disparity has been even more apparent as those living in high-risk areas have suffered more health impacts from the virus. Solutions related to more reliable transportation options and increased density may lead to greater health equity outcomes.

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NPC20 @ Home Recap

Planning professionals from around the country joined APA for the 2020 National Planning Conference at Home, the annual gathering that was moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three days of sessions focused on multiple disciplines across the planning sector including transportation, housing, community engagement, technology, and, most of all, how planners can help their communities recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Four of the conference sessions specifically addressed topics of interest to TOD professionals, such as curb utilization, parking minimums, risk assessment, and microtransit options.

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Opportunity Zones 101: A Primer

A 2017 tax incentive provides opportunities to redirect capital gains into redevelopment projects to receive a reduction in tax liability. This financing tool has created opportunities for NJ Transit Villages to redevelop areas that have historically been underserved and neglected.

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Creating Places for People: Placemaking in Transit-Friendly Downtowns

Planners, municipal officials, members of the real estate community, and placemaking experts gathered in New Brunswick on December 6th for the 2nd TOD in Your Downtown Forum – Creating Places for People: Placemaking in Transit-Friendly Downtowns – and shared the how-tos of placemaking, discussed outcomes and impacts of implementing placemaking strategies, and answered the question, “What makes a great place?”

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