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Posted on: July 24, 2023

Montco Planning Commission to Present on Transit-Oriented Development at APA PA

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NORRISTOWN, PA – The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) will present “Planning for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) – A Way to Transform your Community" on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


In addition to MCPC presenters, the audience will hear from a municipal zoning and planning professional on his experience advancing multimodal planning and transit-oriented development in his community.


TOD capitalizes on public transit access by transforming underutilized spaces into walkable and sustainable communities with a mix of land uses, a vibrant public realm, and excellent connectivity to transit amenities.


MCPC will highlight its model TOD ordinance and guidebook, which focuses on supporting thoughtfully designed, mixed-use development around the county’s 49 diverse transit stations. The model ordinance also contains helpful information for communities seeking to encourage walkable, mixed-use development outside of station areas.


“The webinar will provide an overview of TOD as a planning concept that benefits communities through emphasizing increased use of alternative modes of transportation,” said MCPC Executive Director Scott France. “We want to encourage sensitive infill development within walking distance of transit amenities. We plan to highlight five key design elements for successful TOD projects and related best practices, using case study developments.”


The audience will have an opportunity to become familiar with the station area typology approach used to reflect the diversity of station areas in Montgomery County. This approach allows for the model ordinance language to be tailored to the scale and character of each typology and makes the model ordinance more applicable to communities both within and outside of Montgomery County.


This session will also highlight significant aspects of the comprehensive model ordinance, including permitted uses; height bonus options; building, open space, and landscaping design standards; and parking management and design.


APA PA Chapter members (free); nonmembers/other state APA chapters ($20).


The registration deadline is August 1. Please click here for more information, and click here for registration. For questions, contact Marley Bice at

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