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Introduction to TPLUS

Transportation, Planning and Land Use Solutions (TPLUS) envisions a future for Marin County with a safe, efficient multi-modal transportation system and a broad range of housing choices, including affordable housing for the full range of our workforce and community, with a compact development footprint and minimal environmental impacts.

Through guidance and feedback from the TPLUS Advisory Committee, TAM developed the Local TLC and HIP funding programs to support local agency approval of TOD supportive projects. TAM and the Committee also produced a Transit Oriented Development and Pedestrian Design Toolkit to provide resources to local agencies to help overcome barriers to implementing TOD projects and policies.


TPLUS TOD/PeD Toolkit 

The Marin Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design Toolkit was developed as part of the Transportation and Land Use Solutions (TPLUS) program in Marin County to help local planners, engineers, elected officials, and private citizens work together to develop new and coordinated approaches to addressing some of the County's most pervasive transportation and land use challenges.

The Toolkit is intended to be a "living document" that can be updated and further developed over time as new opportunities and knowledge arise and as members of Marin's community continue to find solutions and tools to existing and future challenges.

One of the most important findings during the development of this Toolkit was that many creative strategies were already being employed in some part of Marin County. As jurisdictions share many of the challenges that arise from Marin's unique character and community structure, so too can creative and successful solutions be shared among neighbors and peers.


Additional Resources

MTC Smart Parking Seminar - Developing Parking Policies for Your Community
MTC hosted a training seminar on parking policies to support smart growth, focusing on providing strategies for interested local jurisdictions. The seminar was held on June 14, 2007 at the MetroCenter, opened by MTC Commissioner Bates, and attended by over 125 registered participants, including elected officials, city planning directors, managers, city public works directors, real estate developers, community advocates, and others.

The focus of the Seminar was a new "Toolbox/Handbook" that assists local jurisdictions in defining their community and identifying parking strategies that are likely to be effective in their type of area. It describes the various strategies and provides examples of best practices from around the region and beyond.

The CD that comes with the "Toolbox/Handbook" also includes a technical parking model built as an Access database to estimate parking demand for different types of land uses, with adjustments based on sharing of parking, transit availability, pricing, and other key factors of the local area that impact the demand for parking. Detailed instructions and examples are included with the model. The Toolbox/handbook and CD are available from the MTC/ABAG Library.

The Seminar also reviewed the eight case studies that formed a core of this effort, based on local jurisdictions that had applied for assistance in this area. Summary sheets reviewed current conditions, potential policies, stakeholder feedback and recommendations for future policies for each case study.

Highlights and materials of the seminar included:
  • Agenda/Schedule (Word)
  • Opening remarks by MTC Commissioner and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
  • Experience from Redwood City, Susan Moeller, Redevelopment Manager, and Dan Zack, Downtown Development Coordinator (PowerPoint 28 MB)
  • Executive Leadership Overview, Using the Handbook, and Elements of a Parking Management Program by Bill Hurrell, Wilbur Smith Associates (PowerPoint 27 MB)
  • Elements of a Parking Management Program (PowerPoint 15 MB)
  • Parking Model Tutorial (PowerPoint 5 MB)
  • Case Study summaries (PDF):

Additional materials from the study are below.
Some materials have been updated since the seminar.

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Last updated: 6/30/2009 1:37:26 PM