Development Type: Residential Redevelopment
Services Provided: Traffic Impact and Parking Study
Client: City of Edina
Travel Demand Management Plans (TDMPs) are typically used by governing agencies in downtowns or other densely developed urban settings to reduce traffic during peak hours and overall parking needs. They also strengthen alternative modes of transportation through education of their existence, continued development of or connection to the existing infrastructure, and encouragement of their use (often through financial incentives).
We generally think TDMPs are a good idea for more than just downtowns and include elements of a TDMP in our standard Traffic Impact Study. A recent example can be found in our study of a residential redevelopment in the City of Edina. After our typical review of surrounding traffic operations and off-street parking to be provided, we included a section titled “Alternative Forms of Transportation.”
We generally describe the availability of alternative modes options in discussion of existing conditions. This added section is then set to determine improvements and other information that should be a part of the redevelopment plan. For this particular project, these items included:
If implemented, this list will reduce the vehicle impact of the residential redevelopment on the surrounding transportation network. More travel options are generally seen as an amenity by residents and employees, creating a more satisfying development. In addition, these improvements help the City meet their goals for their pedestrian network.
These items are not an exhaustive list, nor legally binding, like a true TDMP can be. These observations can also be made as part of a standard site plan review. Our point is not that we created a novel new topic for the Traffic Impact Study, but rather how seamless certain TDMP elements can be included. We think that looking for and adding these elements improves the overall study and helps connect our cities a little bit better.
FYI – the City of Edina agreed and included them as requirements in the permitting process. All parties agree the site and redevelopment plan is much improved because of their inclusion.