Challenges and Opportunities for Transit-Oriented Development

Some 120 attendees were on hand this morning for the first Buechner Breakfast of the 2015-16 academic year, featuring “Challenges and Opportunities for Transit-Oriented Development.”

The event focused on a recently released report titled “Leveraging the Investment in Transit to Achieve Community and Economic Vitality​.” Benoy Jacob and Randy Harrison of the Buechner Institute’s Center for Local Government were members of the project team that drafted the report, which is an action plan for advancing transit-oriented development and complete communities along the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks rail system. The report was commissioned as part of the Denver Regional Council of Government’s Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Rocky Piro, executive director of the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism at CU Denver, provided a summary of the report’s key findings. Four panelists offered their perspectives on the report, including:

  • Brad Calvert, metro vision manager, DRCOG Metro Vision
  • Brad Weinig, program director, Transit-Oriented Development, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Dace West, executive director, Mile High Connects
  • Susan Wood, planning project manager, RTD, and past president of Colorado APA

Randy Harrison, senior fellow at the Buechner Institute, served as moderator.

Click here to download a PDF of excerpts from the report, or visit the DRCOG website for more information about transit-oriented development in the region.

The event was sponsored by The Colorado Health Foundation.

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