guidelines) within quarter-mile “bulls-eyes” of each Metrorail station. These plans have been instrumental in communicating to investors and residents about the types of developments planned and creating a sense of integrity with respect to plans and policies. Ongoing review and revision of the original plans have ensured that developments evolve in response to changing community goals and market conditions. Related keys to success have included the following:

  • A variety of strategies to attract private investments around stations, such as targeted infrastructure improvements and incentive-based, permissive zoning measures;

  • Rezoning of land adjacent to stations to high density while maintaining relatively low density and protecting greenspace in surrounding neighborhoods;

  • Dedication to continually pressing for top-quality design for housing and office developments, with a strong focus on creating attractive, walkable spaces; and

  • Proactive public outreach and community involvement, with business alliances, neighborhood groups, and individual residents frequently being invited to express their opinions on the design and scale of new developments through neighborhood meetings, workshops, and interactive websites.



FHWA Federal Highway Administration

NRDC National Resources Defense Council

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