TUCSON’S eTOD STRATEGIC PLAN

PROJECT OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE

This project is made possible through 950k in funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s Pilot Transit-Oriented Development Planning Program, awarded to the City of Tucson in June 2020.

The City of Tucson, in partnership with the City of South Tucson, is working to develop a strategic plan to guide future land use and real estate investments, infill development, and growth within the communities surrounding an important regional North-South transit corridor. The eTOD Stra­tegic Plan project area extends approximately ¾-1 mile on both sides of the approximately 15-mile corridor, which begins at Tohono Tadai Regional Transit Center and includes Oracle Road on the north side of downtown, South 6th Avenue on the south side, and ends at the Tucson International Airport (see project map).

 

WHAT THE eTOD PLAN DOES AND DOES NOT DO

The eTOD plan is NOT...

  • The eTOD plan is not funding for capital projects, such as construction of transit
  • The eTOD plan does not involve selection of a specific transit type (this will be studied simultaneously with the plan effort by Transit Services)
  • The eTOD plan does not involve specific corridor alignments or roadway changes (this will be studied simultaneously by Transit Services)
  • The eTOD plan does not involve planning for transit operations
  • The eTOD plan will not develop specific site plans around potential transit stops

The eTOD project IS... a land-use planning effort that will work with Tucson communities to develop a vision and goals, as well as strategies for achieving that vision. Goals may include:

  • More vibrant, inclusive neighborhoods
  • Building community wealth
  • Incremental development that matches the character of the surrounding area
  • A mix of multifamily housing types, such as apartment buildings, duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, and condos
  • Job creation that employs local residents
  • Adding amenities and public gathering spaces

How we will achieve those goals through this plan:

  • Financial strategies and policies for preserving and adding mixed-income housing
  • Identifying vacant properties and land to purchase for future affordable housing, public space, and other amenities
  • Zoning overlays to allow for more housing, and a greater variety of housing types
  • Zoning and design guidelines to improve walkability and multi-modal connections along the transit corridor

PROCESS AND DELIVERABLES

The eTOD process and deliverables are organized into three primary groups; community engagement, studies, and the eTOD Strategic Plan. A summary of each is included here, and a schedule showing where these tasks will fall over the next three years is below.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 

Work is currently underway to finalize a community engagement plan, with outreach in the neighborhoods along the project corridor expected to take place beginning in summer/fall of 2021.

To achieve the ‘e’ in equitable TOD, the approach will be deliberate and non-traditional while focusing on engaging vulnerable, un­derserved populations. This includes low-income and minority groups, immigrants, low or zero-vehicle households, people with disabilities, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities.

The public engagement process will be continuous throughout the grant timeline and organized into phases to align with and inform project goals. For more information on the public engagement process, see the eTOD public engagement plan.

  • Phase I - Kickoff and Initial Listening
  • Phase II - Sharing of Findings and Consultation
  • Phase III - Development of Draft and Final eTOD Plan

STUDIES

The eTOD Strategic Plan includes a number of studies, such as;

  • Transportation Infrastructure Plan (in the project prioritization phase as part of Move Tucson)
  • Market Assessment of existing and potential affordable housing, commercial, and office space (currently in the early stages)
  • Technical memos (opportunities and constraints, eTOD best practices, financing strategies) which are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021.

eTOD STRATEGIC PLAN

The eTOD Strategic Plan will incorporate the findings from the studies and community engagement into deliverables that will begin in 2022 and are expected to include:

  • Vision, Goals, and Performance Measures
  • Real Estate Market Assessment
  • Affordable Housing Strategy
  • Opportunities for Development
  • Planning for Public Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Financial Strategies

PROJECT TIMELINE

eTod Project Timeline