The Council’s TOD grants (LCA-TOD) promote moderate to high density development projects located within walking distance of a major transit stop that typically include a mix of uses such as housing, jobs, restaurants, shops, and entertainment. TOD projects are directly connected to the transit stop via pedestrian friendly streets and public spaces, and offer people of all ages, backgrounds, and incomes abundant, convenient, and affordable transportation choices and the opportunity to live active lives. Get more information about TOD grants.
Strategic Investments in TOD
Projects are eligible if they are located within a LCA-TOD-Eligible Area. These are station areas within ½-mile of LRT, BRT, commuter rail, or high-frequency express bus stations that are currently operational or will be operational by 2020. Projects within ¼-mile of high frequency local bus routes are also eligible. By focusing TOD in LCA-TOD-Eligible Areas, the Council aims to encourage development that will be within at least a 10-minute walk to the station, thereby maximizing access to transit for residents and workers across the Region.
Applicants seeking funding for projects outside of LCA-TOD-Eligible Areas should consider LCDA or TBRA.
A Comprehensive Source of Funding
LCA-TOD grants allow applicants to apply for funding from the Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) and Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) in the same application, which helps to reduce uncertainty and expedite TOD projects. The accounts provide funding for the following:
LCDA – site assembly, placemaking activities, and publically-accessible infrastructure. The grant-funded activities should support development that is connected to transit, intensifies land uses, connects housing and employment, and provides a mix of housing and affordability.
TBRA – investigation and cleanup of polluted land or buildings. TBRA grant-funded activities should catalyze development that enhances the tax base of the recipient municipality while promoting job retention or job growth and/or the production of affordable housing.
Review by TOD Experts
Reviews are conducted in a two-step process. The Step 1 process includes Council staff with expertise in TOD, affordable housing, urban design, and environmental design. Projects that meet the Step 1 threshold are reviewed by the Livable Communities Advisory Committee (LCAC), composed of professionals in the fields of development, local government, finance, transportation, environment, and site design. Recommendations are presented to the Council’s Community Development Committee (CDC), and to the full Council shortly thereafter.
In May 2013, the Council sponsored design workshops to improve the transit orientation of LCA-TOD project submittals. More about the TOD design workshops.
PROJECT CONCEPT PLAN
PCP materials are due to the Council in May. The following materials may be used for reference only. New materials will be made available after the Metropolitan Council approves the 2014 Fund Distribution Plan.
LCDA-TOD/TBRA-TOD DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION
Full applications are due to the Council in late June. The following materials may be used for reference only. New materials will be made available after the Metropolitan Council approves the 2014 Fund Distribution Plan. Tentative information is available here.
In 2013, the Council awarded five grants to three communities. Read the press release.
LCA-TOD PRE-DEVELOPMENT & SITE INVESTIGATION APPLICATION
Pre-Development and Site Investigation application materials are due to the Council in early June. The following materials may be used for reference only. New materials will be made available after the Metropolitan Council approves the 2014 Fund Distribution Plan.