Community Centered Development Standards

Ensure that where new construction and redevelopment occur, the needs and goals of communities as a whole are supported. Develop an area-wide and regional approach to planning.


Require Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures to incentivize and ensure the minimization of single-occupant vehicle trips across a district. 

Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources

A photo of light rail traveling with high-rises in the background.
MUNI TOD, San Francisco, CA (Source: Flickr - Jim Maurer)

Promote neighborhood vitality and a balanced mix of uses through standards for jobs/housing ratio, adjustments to setbacks, provision of public open space, and maximum parking requirements.

A photo of a row of townhouses.
Townhouse Development

Develop infill areas before developing outlying areas to support walkable communities and efficient use of transit resources.

  • Match densities to transportation resources. By focusing development near transit and/or building transit near development, transit systems become integral to the community and are run with the greatest efficiency.

  • Establish community-supportive district- and/or site-specific standards for key features such as street-facing retail, public amenities like plazas and seating areas, and mobility-related facilities like secure bicycle parking.

A photo of an apartment complex and a separated bike lane on the street.
Infill Development, San José, CA (Source: Flickr - Sergio Ruiz)