Transit-oriented development, or TOD, offers housing, shopping and employment along a network of safe streets within a 1/2 mile of high-performance transit lines. Successful TOD offers active street frontages with safe and comfortable sidewalk environments, a mix of goods and services that meet daily needs, and a full range residential opportunities near transit stations.
Equitable TOD (ETOD) fosters vibrant and accessible communities that provide a full range of transportation options and housing types that support a diversity of incomes and needs.
Transit-Oriented Development offers Spokane a mix of uses to accomplish daily needs, from the morning coffee to the transit trip to work, mid-day appointment, evening shopping trip and dry-cleaning pick-up, and everything in between.
With increases in population and jobs over the past decade, Spokane is poised for continued growth. Planning for this growth means offering more choices for living and getting around Spokane. Transit-oriented development meets the associated market demand for mixed-use development in urban areas where people can easily walk, bike and roll. By aligning land uses and development with investments in high-frequency transit by the Spokane Transit Authority (STA), TOD provides new options for living, working and playing in Spokane.
Planning for TOD targets locations where high-frequency transit and mixed-use neighborhoods overlap. The City’s Comprehensive Plan guides long-range growth toward areas designated for a concentrated mix of housing, employment, and services, shown in the map below. STA’s current and future high-frequency public transit network aligns with this plan for growth. This overlap creates opportunities for TOD at locations throughout Spokane, including South Logan neighborhood by Gonzaga University, near Franklin Park on North Division Street, and along North Monroe Street from Northwest Boulevard to Garland Avenue. The map also shows the study area locations for the current TOD projects in Spokane
The City of Spokane in 2022, adopted by resolution, the TOD Framework Study recommendations to guide the implementation of TOD in the City, along STA’s high-frequency transit lines. The Final Action Plan identifies recommended infrastructure and accessibility improvements, and land use policy and zoning changes that can encourage transit supportive development.
More information on Spokane TOD related policies can be found at the links below:
People, Places, Home: What is Transit-Oriented Development?
City of Spokane
Department of Planning Services
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201