Ensuring Equity in Transit and Housing: Scenario Planning for Transit-Oriented Development

Case Study Austin
Transit-oriented development (TOD) brings many benefits, but it also can lead to displacement and intense pressures on affordable housing.The City of Austin and partners used advanced geographic information systems (GIS), mapping and scenario planning tools to identify threats to affordable housing and find effective solutions for preventing displacement around TOD.

The City of Austin used robust map-based analysis tools to deeply understand the interconnections between transportation, housing and development issues. The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and Cornell University, along with Fregonese Associates (creators of the scenario planning tool Envision Tomorrow) together developed the Corridor Housing Preservation Tool, a mapping and analysis program to better understand housing pressures and trends and identify strategies for encouraging TOD while protecting equity in housing and transportation. This tool was then used by Austin city planners to inform the key strategies recommended in Austin’s Strategic Housing Blueprint, completed in 2014.

Produced for Opportunity360 by PlaceMatters, with support from Enterprise Community Partners and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland.

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