Financial Incentives for Retail Development

Attract and retain retail uses within TODs and transit areas.


  • Structure rents to favor ground-floor retail and offer local jurisdiction incentives such as returning sales tax revenue, waiving fees, streamlining the approval process, paying for tenant improvements, and/or providing land or other capital resources.
  • Provide assistance such as grants for façade improvements and major rehabilitation loans, and tax breaks or low-interest loans specifically targeted to attract certain types of retail in certain areas.
  • Encourage Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to support a wide variety of programs and physical improvements in TOD commercial areas such as pedestrian and bicycle amenities, streetscape improvements, landscaping and lighting, banners, and community events.
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
Photo of entrances to several shops in a row with pedestrians walking
The Alameda, San José, CA (Source: Sergio Ruiz)