Frequently Asked Questions
What are the City’s goals for the TOD Plans?
What is transit-oriented development?
Transit-oriented development is development that is located within easy walking distance of a major transit stop, generally with a mix of residential, employment, retail and complementing public uses designed for pedestrians without excluding the automobile. Transit oriented development can be new construction or redevelopment of one or more buildings wherein the design and orientation facilitate transit use, and the density is appropriate to the setting. The location, design, configuration and mix of uses in a transit oriented development provide an alternative to current suburban development trends by emphasizing a pedestrian-oriented environment and reinforcing the use of public transportation. Transit oriented development significantly reduces auto dependency, helps revitalize areas and offers a new model for managing growth.
A transit district, such as Downtown Inglewood, is a compact, mixed-use community centered around the transit station that, by design, invites residents and workers, and shoppers to drive their cars less and ride mass transit more. A transit district extends roughly a quarter mile from a transit station, a distance that can be covered in about five minutes by foot. The centerpiece of a transit district is the transit station itself and the civic and public spaces that surround it. The transit station is what connects village residents and workers to the rest of the region, providing convenient and ready access to downtown areas, major activity centers and popular destinations.
Source: Transit Villages in the 21st Century, Michael Bernick and Robert Cervero
Why are TOD Plan social media accounts/pages titled The New Downtown Inglewood?
Has the City already made a final decision about what will be changed?
For Westchester/Veterans and Crenshaw/Imperial, no. Public input received at the workshops, outreach events and hearings, as well as on social media will be used to consider the types and extent of land use changes that will be proposed.
The New Downtown & Fairview Heights TOD Plan and Design Guidelines have already been adopted by the City of Inglewood. Some actions recommended in the plan may still require more detailed planning and discretionary actions. However, zoning regulations, development standards and design guidelines have already been changed.
How would a change in zoning designation affect the value of my property?
Will the plans affect my ability to operate a business or live in the TOD Plan areas?
The TOD Plans are developed with the needs of existing users of the areas in mind. For this reason, it is important to participate in the community outreach process during the development of the plans. In the vast majority of cases, the TOD Plans continue to allow the types of uses that exist currently.
Even if your type of business has been ruled “Not Permitted” under the TOD Plans, you may continue to operate. The TOD Plans do not directly displace any businesses or housing units. The plans do affect the opportunities and constraints that property owners have to develop their properties, however, so individual consideration is recommended.
How is this project being funded?
- Increase access to transit by assisting local governments to accelerate the adoption of TOD regulatory frameworks;
- Improve utilization of public transit by reducing the number of modes of transportation necessary to access regional and local transit;
- Further the reduction of greenhouse gases through encouraging in-fill development along transit corridors and transit use; and
- Support and implement sustainable development principles.