Transportation Demand Management and the Development Process

Transportation demand management (TDM) policies at the state, regional, and municipal level are becoming more prevalent. These policies provide regulations and guidance to formally institute TDM practices in the development review process.


Policies include:

  • Encourage focused residential and commercial development along high frequency transit corridors through land use planning.
  • Encourage land use and growth patterns that facilitate transit and active transportation.
  • Focus TDM policies that favor higher density, mixed-use development near transit.
  • Plan for transportation efficient development and include TDM policies and strategies in long-range plans such as General Plans, Climate Action Plans, and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs.
  • Promote the adoption of new or updated TDM ordinances at the local level, as well as the inclusion of TDM elements in specific plans, area plans and new development project approvals.
  • Address TDM directly through the development approval process. Require new developments to either participate in a transportation management association (TMA) or implement a site-specific TDM plan, along with monitoring, enforcement and data-sharing for the life cycle of that development.
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 two train station platforms with signs and trees with a taller building in the background
Diridon Station Area, Transit Oriented Development, San José, CA (Source: Flickr - Sergio Ruiz)