Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Grants

Focus on increasing transit use

The Livable Communities Demonstration Account Transit-Oriented Development (LCDA-TOD) grants are a category within the LCDA program which fund innovative (re)development projects that efficiently link housing, jobs, and services with a greater emphasis on transit use, walkability, and development intensity in order to catalyze transit-oriented development along transit corridors throughout the metropolitan area.
 

What makes a Livable Transit-Oriented Community?


The Council’s LCDA-TOD grants promote moderate- to higher-density development located within easy walking distance of a major transit stop, that typically include a mix of uses such as housing, jobs, and retail choices. LCDA-TOD projects are expected to diversify uses and provide a higher concentration of amenities in a compact built environment within transit station areas contributing to high-quality, pedestrian-oriented streets and public spaces encouraging the use of transit service. Through a focus on transit-oriented development, the Council aims to integrate transportation, jobs and housing, leverage private investment, advance equity, and increase transit ridership.
 

TOD Pre-Development and Zoning

2020 TOD Pre-Development and Zoning Implementation Application Guide (pdf)

  • May 1, 3:00 p.m. - TOD Pre-Development Spring Round applications due
  • June - Council will award Spring Round Pre-Development grants
  • November 2, 3:00 p.m. - TOD Pre-Development Fall Round applications due
  • December - Council awards Fall Round Pre-Development grants
Projects requesting LCDA-TOD Pre-Development and Zoning Implementation grants must be located within any one of the LCDA-TOD Development grant Eligible Areas described below, or within ½ mile of a station on the Rush Line or Riverview Corridor. Use the Council’s Make-a-Map web tool to ensure that the TOD project is located within a TOD eligible area. To identify TOD Eligible Areas – select the “Layers Tab” and select “TOD Grant Areas”. 

TOD Development

2020 TOD Development Application Guide (pdf) 
  • July 1, 3:00 p.m. - Full applications due for TOD Development
  • July-August- Council staff conducts Step 1 review
  • September - Livable Communities Advisory Committee conducts Step 2 review
  • October - Metropolitan Council awards TOD Development grants​
Projects requesting LCDA-TOD Development grant funding must be located within a TOD Eligible area, which is within ½ mile of a station on the: Blue, Green, Blue and Green extensions, Orange, Gold, or Red Line, the A, C, or D Line, the Northstar Line or a high-frequency express bus station. Areas within ¼ mile of local express routes are also eligible. Use the Council’s Make-a-Map web tool to ensure that the TOD project is located within a TOD eligible area. To identify TOD Eligible Areas – select the “Layers Tab” and select “TOD Grant Areas”. 

 

Apply for LCA Grants

Apply ONLINE via Webgrants

Design Excellence Workshops

The Council sponsors optional design excellence workshops in which a panel of design professionals offer input on projects before a full application is submitted.

Contact

  • TOD Program Officer: Stephen Klimek (651-602-1541) stephen.klimek@metc.state.mn.us