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The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Mar 07
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30-4-2 TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS

30-4-2.1 Establishment of a Traditional Neighborhood Development Plan

(A) Plan Approval and Rezoning: An application to rezone property to the TN1 preparation of a Traditional Neighborhood Development Plan for the project site and its adoption by the Planning Board. The filing of such an application is a pronouncement by the…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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This ordinance is a suitable model for small governments looking to replace their sprawl-based ordinance with a relatively simple Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) ordinance. Simple staff review will suffice.

The Greensboro TND ordinance regulates the planning for and development of Traditional Neighborhood Development patterns. This ordinance regulates the process for…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Powder Springs, Georgia Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance

ORDINANCE NO. 2000-12 AN ORDINANCE BY THE CITY OF POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA, TO COMPREHENSIVELY AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF POWDER SPRINGS ADOPTED IN 1987, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, TO CREATE A NEW ZONING DISTRICT CALLED “TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT”; TO PROVIDE FOR RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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This ordinance is a suitable model for small governments looking to replace their sprawl based ordinance with a relatively simple Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) ordinance. Simple staff review will suffice.

By creating a stand-alone TND zoning district, this ordinance allows for integration of TND principles into almost any zoning ordinance. While omitting the design…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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CITY OF FLAGSTAFF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT DIVISION 211 WEST ASPEN AVENUE, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA 86001 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – PHASE TWO

John Wesley Powell Traditional Neighborhood Development Site

A. PROJECT BACKGROUND The City of Flagstaff is requesting the second phase of proposals for a mixed-use, Traditional Neighborhood Development of approximately 27 acres along John Wesley…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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A Traditional Neighborhood Development, or TND, also known as a village-style development, includes a variety of housing types, a mixture of land uses, an active center, a walkable design and often a transit option within a compact neighborhood scale area. TNDs can be developed either as infill in an existing developed area or as a new large scale project.

To qualify as a TND, a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor. This guide highlights key ideas about transit-oriented development (TOD) and shows how local Minneapolis - Saint Paul projects have put these ideas to work. The document features best practices and case studies and provides a baseline approach for…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor. Typically, it is characterized by:

A mix of uses Moderate to high density Pedestrian orientation/connectivity Transportation choices Reduced parking High quality design

The rule of thumb is that TOD occurs within one-quarter mile, or a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Urban Infill

Urban infill is defined as new development that is sited on vacant or undeveloped land within an existing community, and that is enclosed by other types of development. The term "urban infill" itself  implies that existing land is mostly built-out and what is being built is in effect "filling in" the gaps. The term most commonly refers to building single-family homes in existing…

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Mar 07
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Introduction

This Action Guide was designed as a tool to help community advocates, practitioners, intermediaries, and jurisdictions in their efforts to foster mixedincome transit oriented development (TOD). The term “mixed-income TOD” is shorthand to describe a set of goals that includes the provision of a mix of housing choices, affordable to a range of incomes, for people at…

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