BCDCOG Receives $860,000 Transit-Oriented Development Planning Grant

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The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) has received $860,000 to plan a transit-oriented (TOD) development along its proposed 21.5 Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) line. miles. (Courtesy of BCDCOG)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC – The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) has received $860,000 to plan a transit-oriented (TOD) development along its 21.5-mile project Netherlands Rapid Transit (LCRT) line.

Funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration will be applied to a second phase of TOD planning, following an initial award in 2018. Phase 2 focuses on developing a strategic plan for implementing Transit-oriented equitable development that includes a mix of , residential, office and entertainment centered around or located near transit stations.

“Transit-oriented development along the LCRT line will improve community connections to food, jobs, education and health care,” said BCDCOG CEO Ron Mitchum. “Walkable, versatile, vibrant and connected communities are the clear vision of this effort.

This month, FTA awarded approximately $11 million to 20 projects in 12 states through its Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Pilot Program. The goal is to support comprehensive planning efforts – including land use planning – to improve access to public transport.

“Transit-oriented development provides easier and more affordable access to jobs, health care, school, shopping and other daily needs,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “We are pleased to allocate this funding to help more communities grow around public transit in a way that reduces pollution, increases economic opportunity and contributes to affordable housing.

Comprehensive planning funded under the pilot program must examine ways to improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve access to public transit for pedestrians and cyclists, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs and allow for mixed-use development near transit stations. , by ALE.

In the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester area, the funding will fill the gap needed to use the TOD tools developed in Phase 1, including:

  • Fair assessment of infrastructure and housing needs
  • Analysis of the tax impacts/benefits of fair TOD strategies
  • eTOD Implementation Support (Fair TOD) – Codes, Ordinances, Affordable Housing Development and Adoption
  • Market Assessment and Community Viz Update
  • Public commitment

The area is short of 10,000 affordable housing units for those earning less than $35,000. Without intervention, this deficit is expected to reach 34,000 by 2040. Cost-burdened households spending more than 30% of their income on housing have grown by 42,000 since 2000, faster than the population rate. There is a significant need for affordable housing in the region, and even more so in the corridor where 27% of owners and 52% of renters are burdened with housing costs.

The LCRT is expected to have a transformational impact. Protecting affordable housing and developing near public transit will provide a safety net for tenants and better access to vulnerable populations in the area.

Rapid growth in the region has increased the need for regional action. The results of this phase will support planning needs to budget and schedule multimodal investments in station areas that reduce car trips and emissions while supporting the transit line.

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