Transit-Oriented Development Grants

Image of a mixed-use development in the spring.

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.  

2015 Application Workshops
Workshops for LCDA and LCA-TOD applications will be held ​at Council headquarters (need directions and parking information?) on April 1st and 2nd. 

A new workshop format is being offered that features one-on-one consultation time with LCDA and LCA-TOD program staff to discuss the application/evaluation process and details of individual proposed projects. Applicants and staff will discuss how the project vision and components relate to LCA program goals.

The workshop sessions will be 45 minutes long and will be scheduled from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, April 1st and 2nd. Eligible applicants along with the developer and consultant partners involved in preparing LCA applications this year are encouraged to attend. Please go to to schedule your April 1 workshop session, or for April 2 sessions.

The LCDA and LCA TOD process schedules will be posted on the Council's website Following Council approval of the Fund Distribution Plan. Project concept plans, which are required for both programs, will be due on May 1st and full applications will be due July 1st. 

Strategic Investments in TOD

Icon of eligible grant areas for Livable Communities Transit-Oriented Development for 2013Projects are eligible if they are located within a LCA-TOD-Eligible Area. These are station areas within one-half mile of LRT, BRT, commuter rail, or high-frequency express bus stations that are currently operational or will be operational by 2020.  Projects within one-quarter 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 the LCDA or TBRA regular programs.

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, energy efficiency installations, and publicly-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. Pre-Development funding is also available in a separate funding opportunity.

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. Site investigation funding is also available in a separate funding opportunity.

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.

Design Workshops

Design workshops

The Council sponsors design workshops that aim to improve the transit-orientation of projects before a full application is submitted. Read about the 2013 TOD design workshops.

TOD Resources


TOD Handbook

LCA-TOD Handbook

To assist with the preparation of development projects that could be a good fit for LCA-TOD funding the Council has prepared a handbook with a detailed overview of select factors that are considered during the evaluation of LCDA-TOD Development and TBRA-TOD cleanup applications. The document also features profiles of transit-oriented development projects that have received Livable Communities funding.

Transit and TOD

Application materials and due dates



PCPs are due May 1, 2015. More information will be posted at this location after the Council approves the 2015 Fund Distribution Plan, currently scheduled for the March 25th Council meeting. Resources below were from the 2014 year, and we do not expect significant changes. 


Full applications are due to the Council July 1, 2015. Project Concept Plans are required. 


Funding will be offered in two rounds in 2015 for TOD Pre-Development. Applications will be accepted only through the Council's new online grant application process.  ​Spring round applications are due June 1, 2015.

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Upcoming Events
  • Southwest LRT Station Design Open Houses in April 2015

    The public is invited to attend April open houses to learn about Southwest LRT station features and amenities and to provide feedback on station design concepts.

    Date: 4/2/2015
    Time: 5:30 PM
    Location: Various dates/locations - see details

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  • Housing Policy Plan Amendment Pubic Hearing is May 4, 2015

    The Council will hold a public hearing May 4 during its Community Development Committee meeting to receive comments on a proposed amendment to the 2040 Housing Policy Plan.  The amendment would add the methodology for calculating the 2021-2030 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need and annual Housing Performance Scores, as well as the review criteria for the housing element of Comprehensive Plan updates.

    Date: 5/4/2015
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Metropolitan Council, Chambers
    390 Robert Street North
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

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