Helen Chapman and I (Terri Balandra) were invited to participate in a TOD (Transit Oriented Development) research focus group, led by Karen Chapple (from UC Berkely ) at San Jose State, a couple of years ago. The end result, attached below, see the link for the 122 page: "California Infill Manual, Best Practices for Higher Density", by Troy Reinhalter. It is a California Sustainable TOD reference manual for Profit & Non-Profit Developers, Progressive Designers, and Architects.... & references issues in the San Jose Planning area, among others.
Low and behold, on the front cover is the photo I took of the view from my back porch, of the Fiesta Lanes Project, directly looming over my backyard...(obviously, a reference to "Bad TOD Planning")
Pages 42-44, (of the actual Manual page numbers), are particularly interesting.
This is quite good... I'm passing it along to our San Jose Planning Dept... Enjoy! Terri Balandra
* Cover: The view from my back door
* pg 2: Cover photo credit: Terri Balandra, Fiesta Lanes Action Group
* pg 27: Why Design Matters...
* pg 32: Transition to Existing Forms: Respect Specifics of Local Context (A "Transition Zone"? Yay!)
* pg 34: A "Community Benefits Agreement"... (What a great concept!)
* pg 36: Explain how projects fit into the longterm planning context and when new infrastructure and promised transit will eventually materialize.
* pg 42: Failure to Situate the Development in Larger Context: There is an obvious disconnect... if we are selling the benefits of TOD based on frequent & connected transit - but that critical component is nowhere to be seen.
* pg 43: Going forward, future tools should surely address how implementation and other major elements will unfold for a particular project over a 3 or 5 year timeline.
* pg 43: There needs to be triggers for transit first - then TOD developments. "It's strictly the housing dept & the developer partner - the City helping them to finance the project, at the neighborhood's expense."
* pg 44: Given that many Planning Depts have become either wholly or partially fee-based, it's hards to see why citizens believe there may be a kernal of truth to this accusation.
* pg 44: A Backlash when it came to a disconnect between developer promises and on-the-ground reality.
*pg 44: Bottom of page: Fiesta Lanes Action Group: We were involved with our project for three years and "still got screwed." Community feels they are left out of the final stages of negotiation.