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TOD Developer Tools and Resources

The Metro Transit TOD Office is continuously working to provide resources for the land development community to educate and help effectively build TOD throughout the Twin Cities.

Check out the up-to-date resources below for information on development sites and opportunities; TOD expertise formulated especially for developers in the Twin Cities and more.

Developer’s Guide to Transit Oriented Development

The TOD Office created a Developer’s Guide to Transit Oriented Development (TOD). This Guide is designed to support developers pursuing opportunities for TOD, as well as aid in the planning of high quality projects. Save time and money while creating a valuable, profitable TOD by reviewing this Guide.

> Download the Developer’s Guide to TOD

Long-term ground leases are often used for building on public land near transit service. The TOD Office created a short guide to explain the process and benefits of entering into a ground lease.

> View the Guide to Ground Leases (New)

Sewer Availability Charges (SAC) are sometimes perceived as a barrier to development. The TOD Office created a brief guide to help developers and business-owners understand how SAC are administered and what opportunities exist to help cover the costs.

>  View the Guide to SAC Credits and Deferments (New)

Development Opportunity Sites on Metropolitan Council Land

The TOD Office completed a development site prioritization process on all properties owned by the Metropolitan Council located within a half-mile of transitways. Through the application of the four Metropolitan Council TOD Policy Goals and coordination with cities and counties along the transitways, top priority sites were identified.

The TOD Office’s highest priority sites identified on this list include:

> Central Station Block – City of St. Paul
5th Street & Minnesota Street, St. Paul

> Fridley Park & Ride
6050 Main Street & 6151 East River Road, Fridley

> Robbinsdale Transit Center
Hubbard Avenue North & 41st½ Street, Robbinsdale

Coon Rapids - Riverdale Station
121st Lane & Northdale Blvd, Coon Rapids

> Fort Snelling Park & Ride
100 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling (Unincorporated Territory)

> Wayzata Park & Ride
322 Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata

> Metro Transit Heywood Campus Lower Lot
719 North 5th Street, Minneapolis

Additionally, the TOD Office welcomes all development inquiries and proposals on all sites not identified as high-priority, including locations along the future METRO Blue Line Extension and Green Line Extension and other Metropolitan Council property.

Publicly-owned Land along Transitways

Learn more about development opportunities by clicking below on the NEW interactive ArcGIS Online tool that identifies publicly-owned land along active and pending transitways in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region.

> Access the TOD Office’s free publicly-owned land GIS tool
Create a free ArcGIS account to access tools and to create, save and share your own maps

> Access the GIS layer itself (for use with ArcGIS software)

Questions or ideas to improve the database? Refer to the User's Guide or simply contact the TOD Office. 

Other resources

> Equitable Development Scorecard: Developed by the Harrison Neighborhood Association in Minneapolis, the Scorecard was created to make sure that the principles and practices of equitable development, environmental justice and affordability are available to all communities as they plan for economic development and wealth creation that benefits everyone.

> Metropolitan Council TOD Guide

> Rail~Volution Resources

> University of Minnesota – Center for Transportation Studies’ Research Resources

 

Development Opportunity Sites on Metropolitan Council Land

Due diligence map


Learn about development opportunities in Eden Prairie

 

Learn about development opportunities in Hopkins


TOD from the developer’s perspective – it works!

“Ebenezer chose to build TowerLight on Wooddale - Senior Living in its location for a variety of reasons. One major selling point that we love about the area is that the community is so close to the SWLRT Corridor ... We’re excited to be able to incorporate this new, more sustainable way of transportation throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area, and experience the benefits it will bring to our daily lives.”
Susan Farr, Ebenezer Management Company

“Strong transit-oriented development creates a healthy mix of uses that balance living, working, playing and learning. Mixed-use development requires more planning and risk management, but is essential to leverage public investment in transit infrastructure.”
– Chris Velasco, Co-Founder of PLACE

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