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.  

Learn more about the Council's Livable Communities TOD grants.

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, 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.

Application materials and due dates


Project Concept Plans

PCPs are due May 1, 2014. PCPs can be completed using the Project Concept Plan Microsoft Word form found below.

LCDA-TOD Development and TBRA-TOD Cleanup full applications

Full applications are due to the Council June 30, 2014. Applications will be accepted only through the Council's new online grant application process


Funding will be offered in two rounds in 2014 for TOD Pre-Development and Site Investigation. Applications will be accepted only through the Council's new online grant application process.

Reference Materials


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Upcoming Events
  • Transportation Plan Workshops are April 30, May 1

    Join transportation planners and policymakers at an upcoming workshop to provide your experiences with our region's transportation system and your ideas about what kind of transportation investments are most important.

    Date: 4/30/2014
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    The Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) Notice of Availability is scheduled to be published next Friday in the April 11 edition of the Federal Register. The document will be available for public and agency comment until midnight, May 29.

    Date: 5/7/2014
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