Local Retail

Foster a unique local identity by encouraging local retail over chain stores and big-box retail to locate in retail TOD.


  • Restrict the allowed number and location of formula businesses and require a certain proportion of locally based retailers.
  • Discourage or prohibit auto-oriented uses, such as drive-thru facilities, near transit.
  • Work with a local small business cohort program such as one run by a foundation or Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to establish a pipeline of up-and-coming small business tenants.
  • Offer mentorship and training to help local businesses thrive and to attract outside talent to start new businesses, such as entrepreneurial centers, business incubators, maker hubs, and innovation clusters.
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 benches and seating outside a restaurant entrance that is on the bottom floor of a larger building with people standing outside
Plaza del Sol, Sunnyvale, CA