Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Framework Study

Underway throughout 2021, this study identifies strategies best suited to Spokane for supporting Transit-Oriented Development along new High-Performance Transit lines, such as STA’s City Line now under construction. To submit questions or comments, please email

View the Introductory Presentation (PDF 6.8 MB)

View the Introductory Video: TOD Best Practices for Spokane

Study Purpose

This study will address the following questions:

  • What could transit-oriented development look like in Spokane?
  • What land use and zoning tools would support this type of development?
  • How should transit station stop locations be treated in similar areas across the city that are not defined as Centers and Corridors?
  • What does it look like conceptually to apply these tools and strategies to a particular transit corridor or transit station focus area?

Study Area





Currently under construction, the City Line is a six-mile, corridor-based Bus Rapid Transit line running from Browne’s Addition, through Downtown and the University District to the Logan and Chief Garry Neighborhoods, terminating at Spokane Community College. With permanent station infrastructure, including level-boarding and pre-board ticketing, this modern electric bus is estimated to host more than 1 million rides per year.

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is relevant to the future of land uses and development along the City Line, as it provides a model for planning accessible and context-sensitive development with a diversity of land uses adjacent to high-performance transit lines.  Key characteristics of TOD include active street frontages and abundant public space, with residential opportunities near transit station areas. These characteristics encourage pedestrian activity at ground-floor commercial frontages and enhance neighborhood access to resources, supporting local economic growth and resiliency.

Over the 15 years of planning leading to this new high-frequency transit line, the potential for these benefits played a central role in the advancing the project.  A 2017 strategic study recommended new policies to encourage transit-supportive development and enhance walkability along the corridor. Proposed strategies included design measures, incentives, and affordable housing monitoring, as well as carrying out concept-level planning work at a specific opportunity site.

This TOD Framework Study represents the next step in carrying out the recommendations of that study, revisiting those strategies and applying them conceptually to a specific focus area within the corridor.

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