Information on Transit Oriented Development

Typical suburban development has resulted in the loss of open space, the deterioration of air quality, climate change, and congested dangerous roadways.  Sustainable development is an effort to reduce these negative trends. 

Transit oriented development is one of the most effective forms of sustainable growth.  Simply put transit oriented development or TODs are simply mixed use developments close to railroad stations.  Two segments of the population have been attracted to TOD’s which have been built across the U.S.:  baby boomers and next Gens.

The proposed TOD at the Bellport train station is currently in its conceptual phase.  Its form and mix of housing types and landuses will be the subject of a community visional preference survey which will be conducted in December 2013.  All residents of Greater Bellport will be invited to attend and provide their input concerning this proposed development; what it should contain, and how it should look. 

The proposed Bellport TOD will contain infrastructure to tie into an existing sewage treatment plant north of CR 101 and will provide the opportunity for the Village of Bellport to also connect. 

I have inserted some information on TODs below.  I look forward to an in depth discussion of investment possibilities which will help to lift the veil of poverty from a community, and provide welcome growth to one of Long Island’s great traditional villages.

What is TOD?

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation.  Successful TOD provides people from all walks of life with convenient, affordable and active lifestyles and create places where our children can play and our parents can grow old comfortably.

Some of the benefits of TOD include:

  1. Reduced household driving and thus lowered regional congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

  2. Walkable communities that accommodate more healthy and active lifestyles

  3. Increased transit ridership and fare revenue

  4. Potential for added value created through increased and/or sustained property values where transit investments have occurred

  5. Expanded mobility choices that reduce dependence on the automobile, reduce transportation costs and free up household income for other purposes