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City and County of Denver TDM Regulations

Denver, Colorado
The project included significant public outreach that targeted developers, financiers, elected officials, neighborhood groups, transportation-related non-profits, regional governments, and shared-mobility service providers.

UrbanTrans is helping lead the development of a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan for the City and County of Denver. The city has seen significant growth in recent years that has resulted in increased congestion and parking demand. Simultaneously, the region and city have made large investments in transit infrastructure while suffering decreases in transit use.

The city hired UrbanTrans and its project partners David Evans and Associates and Fox Tuttle Hernandez to develop TDM policies to decrease vehicle trips and parking demand associated with new development and encourage the use of transit, walking, and biking. The planning effort included a review of citywide plans, policies of peer governments, and applicable academic research.

The project included significant public outreach that targeted developers, financiers, elected officials, neighborhood groups, transportation-related non-profits, regional governments, and shared-mobility service providers. Outreach included one-on-one meetings, focus groups, public meetings, a webinar, and an online survey.

The research and community feedback were used to develop three draft recommendations that were refined through additional stakeholder input leading to a final preferred option. The preferred option involves a tiered TDM requirement that adjusts based on development size, land use, location, and proximity to transit. An online tool will be developed that will provide developers with an interactive list of TDM strategies based on the specific characteristics of their development.

The final recommendations include specific actions that the city needs to take to implement the new regulations including staffing requirements, updates to internal tools to assure compliance, and incentives that should be provided to offset TDM program costs for developers and subsequent landowners.

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