TOD Plan

Train Station ConceptThe planning tools that have been adopted to guide the growth and development of property within the boundaries of the Transit-Oriented Development District are modeled on traditional town planning techniques that were used predominately prior to World War II. These tools place an emphasis on creating places where residents can live within close walking distance of their essential needs including retail stores, schools, parks and open space, transit stops, and for some, even their workplace.

This type of development pattern does not exclude any of the uses that we are accustomed to, it just arranges them in a more connected and compact form.

There are two primary planning tools that the City of Leander has adopted to govern development within the TOD. The first is the comprehensive plan for the TOD and it is based upon a planning framework known as the Rural to Urban Transect.

Transect ConceptThe concept of a transect was first developed and used to describe the relationship between natural habitats or ecosystems. It is easiest to conceive if you think about moving from the ocean inward toward the mountains or forests and the different types of habitats for plants and animals that one would experience along that journey.

Similarly, the transect has been adapted for use by urban planners to describe the progression of the form of human habitats from the most rural to the most urban. Unlike conventional zoning which has been used to separate different land uses from each other, the transect provides a tool to integrate land uses appropriately and provides the ability to create complete neighborhoods and cities.

The Transect Map (or land use plan) for the Leander TOD contains six zones:

  • T3 - Sub-Urban Zone
  • T4 - Neighborhood General Zone
  • T5 - Neighborhood Center Zone
  • T6 - Urban Core Zone
  • Special District Zone
  • Conventional Zone