The case studies presented on this site explore tools and strategies for funding, financing, and managing TOD/smart growth infrastructure projects. They fall under one of two categories: case studies that deal with the wide range of funding and financing tools and strategies available to support TOD and smart growth, and case studies that deal specifically with the challenge of managing and financing parking in a smart growth context. Each case study concludes with lessons learned regarding the applicability of different tools for different types of improvements and development contexts. Because all of these projects were started before the state’s dissolution of redevelopment, many include redevelopment tax increment financing. However, each case study also highlights other sources, many of which are likely to become increasingly important in a post-redevelopment world. Sources and interview subjects are cited at the conclusion of each case study so you can explore in more detail how particular tools were used by other cities.

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These case studies profile comprehensive smart growth funding/financing strategies and the use of different tools and resources, including emerging tools that are likely to become more important for California cities seeking post-redevelopment funding solutions.

Managing and financing public parking is often a key component of a successful TOD/smart growth plan. Many transit station areas need expensive parking structures to accommodate commuters and adjacent development instead of surface parking lots. In other station areas or infill districts, parking management strategies can help ensure efficient use of existing parking spaces reducing the amount of new parking needed while helping to attract new shoppers and transit users, mitigate traffic congestion, generate funding for neighborhood improvements, and protect nearby residential neighborhoods from visitor, employee, and/or commuter parking. These case studies describe various methods and strategies for managing and financing parking to support TOD and smart growth development in an urban setting.