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GreenStep City Best Practices Transportation

Demand-Side Travel Planning
no. 14

Implement Travel Demand Management and Transit-Oriented Design in service of a more walkable city.
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Adopt a travel demand management plan for city employees or incorporate into development regulations TDM or transit-oriented development standards or LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.

Adopt a TDM plan for city employees or a TOD district ordinance.
Adopt TDM performance standards with provisions such as requiring large employers (250+ employees) seeking rezoning/redevelopment rights to provide a TDM plan that would reduce trips by 7-10%. Note if working with a TMO (Transportation Management Organization).
Adopt both a transit-oriented development district ordinance and travel demand management performance standards; document that a development project certifies under the LEED for Neighborhood Development program; document a tripling of non-single-occupancy vehicle use in the downtown core or in the city as a whole; report noise pollution reduction in one or more TOD/TDM districts (daytime ambient noise levels under 70 dBa in commercial areas).

Brooklyn Center

Date action report first entered:   02/18/2016
Date of last report update:   02/18/2016

Implementation details:
The City has a Travel Demand Policy for redevelopment. A two tier system; a required TCM plan for employers with 200 stalls or more, and a good faith component for all others

Descriptive links: Travel Demand Policy for the City of Brooklyn Center             view file

For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff)   |   ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us   |   763-569-3327

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   09/22/2017
Date of last report update:   11/16/2018
Year action initially completed:   1989
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City has a joint overlay zoning district along Interstate-394 that is shared with St. Louis Park. The Interstate-394 Traffic Zoning Ordinance (Section 113.124 of the City Code) requires that all dense developments, meaning those that contain more than 0.6 square feet of gross floor area per each square foot of land area within a lot or parcel, prepare traffic demand management plans if certain conditions occur which will help reduce traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, and other environmental problems associated with them. Plans prepared by the owners of these developments may require the use of rideshare incentive programs, public transit incentives, bicycle and pedestrian incentive measures, variable work hours or flex-time programs, measures to reduce reliance on single occupancy vehicles, shared parking, or other methods. If City staff has concerns about the traffic impacts of large projects elsewhere in the City, they may require traffic management plans in those areas as well.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/golden_valley/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIILADE_CH113ZO_ARTIIIZODI_DIV3PLUNDEOVDI_S113-124I-OVZODI

For more information contact:
Jason Zimmerman (City staff)   |   jzimmerman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8099

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Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   02/19/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Section 544.11 Subd. 1 and 2 of the Zoning Code regarding traffic and parking studies states, “In review of a project or application, the City may require, at the developer's expense, submission of a traffic and/or parking analysis that is prepared by a traffic engineer. Such analysis shall assess the potential impact of a proposed project on roadways, intersections, and/or on-site parking and circulation. If a traffic study indicates that a proposed project or use will have significant impact on the existing service levels of roadways and intersections, the City may require a ‘traffic management plan’ to mitigate traffic impacts. Such plan may include travel demand management strategies, use of transit facilities, or other appropriate measures to reduce traffic congestion. Such plan may also necessitate improvements to road systems.” The city allows for parking reductions based on frequently operating transit nearby.

For more information contact:
Melissa Poehlman (City staff)   |   MPoehlman@richfieldmn.gov   |   6128619766

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Date action report first entered:   06/09/2011

Implementation details:
In 2008, 71% of all downtown bound work trips were made by single occupant vehicle commuters (drive alone). The RDMP sets an aggressive goal of reducing the drive alone mode share to 60% of all work trips in 2020 and 50% of work trips in 2030. It is important to realize that work travel makes up only a small portion of overall daily trips, but the concentration of these trips at peak travel hours has a significant impact on traffic operations

For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Saint Louis Park

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2014

Implementation details:
St. Louis Park has identified a TDM District as part of its Zoning Code (article IV. Zoning Districts; division 10. Travel Demand Management District; section 36) that outlines requirements that must be met with respect to development or redevelopment in this district. The district is centered on the I-394 corridor. The corridor runs along the common border between the city and Golden Valley; they have entered into a joint powers agreement. This overlay district imposes on dense developments a condition to prepare and effectuate traffic management plans which will serve to reduce the traffic congestion, air and noise pollution and other environmental problems associated with them. It should be noted that there is a traffic management administrative fee imposed upon each development

Outcome measures/metrics:
Smoother traffic flow within district, particularly when new development is completed.

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For more information contact:
Sean Walther (City staff)   |   swalther@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2574

City of Golden Valley; MNDOT; Hennepin County

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Date action report first entered:   12/06/2010

Implementation details:
Travel demand management (TDM) aims to increase the number and proportion of people who share rides and who travel outside of rush hours. These techniques are expected of communities in the metropolitan area served by congested portions of the metropolitan highway system and of cities that have regional business concentration, both of which include Hopkins. Page 5 of the Transportation Comprehensive plan addresses TDM policies and actions the City is doing. A mixed-use zoning ordinance will be adopted some time in the summer of 2011. TDM will be greatly improved with the mixed-use zoning ordinance.

Descriptive links: http://www.hopkinsmn.com/development/plan/pdf/08-transportation.pdf

For more information contact:
Kersten Elverum (City staff)   |   kelverum@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6340

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   12/03/2018
Date of last report update:   12/03/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Traffic studies are required for some conditional uses in the city's Industrial zoning district.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/new_hope/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CD_ORD_CH4ZO_S4-20IINDI

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Date action report first entered:   09/26/2012
Date of last report update:   04/01/2015

Implementation details:
The Planning Commission and City Council worked to create the MX-3 District, which is the Transit-Oriented Mixed Use District in 2012. The purpose of the MX-3 District is to encourage a mixture of residential, commercial, office and civic uses in proximity to transit facilities at densities and intensities that support and increase transit use. Development should encourage a safe and pleasant pedestrian environment, maximize access to transit, provide parking in an efficient and unobtrusive manner, and encourage a sense of activity and liveliness on local streets. Attached is the ordinance that was approved.

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For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   06/03/2011

Implementation details:
The 2003 St. Cloud Comprehensive Plan identifies Target Area Plans identified because specific land use plans, goals, policies and/or development standards were developed. Included in these Target Area Plans are the North Star Commuter Rail Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) sites. To date, these Plans have yet to come to fruition as the North Star Commuter Rail has not been extended to the St. Cloud area. However, the goals set forth in the 2003 Comprehensive Plan identifies specific goals for the sites which mimic those outlined in the 2009 Updated Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development. Those goals include: good vehicular access to the site, adequate parking by encouraging structured parking, excellent pedestrian access, aesthetic lighting, landscaping and streetscape considerations, residential densities of 20/units per acre and above, building heights of at least 3 stories, mixed uses both vertically and horizontally and reduced parking ratios. Development regulations will differ depending on the specific TOD site whether the St. Cloud East (Neighborhood/Town Center) or Northstar West Spur (Urban Downtown/Core) sites. At which time the North Star Commuter Rail extends service to the City of St. Cloud, these goals, plans and development standards may be implemented as development moves forward.

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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Woodbury has a flexible work program allowing many of its employees to start work at various times. They also have variable work days, allowing some employees to work the traditional 5-day (8 hours per day) or 4 days (10 hour work day).

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Burnsville pending

Date action report first entered:   06/25/2012

Implementation details:
In process.

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Jessica Treat, Executive Director, Move Minnesota: 651-789-1405, JessicaT@movemn.org, http://www.movemn.org