Despite their convenience, many early transit-oriented projects suffer from a lack of pre-planning.

Officials and developers from Denver and the surrounding metro area met in a panel discussion at the Urban Land Institute Colorado’s TOD Marketplace conference last week to discuss the issues and challenges that have arisen from early transit-oriented developments.

In the years since Denver’s rail line opened and expanded into its surrounding areas, the first transit-oriented housing developments that sprung up have run into issues surrounding a lack of planning, such as too little parking, too little open space, and little to no affordable housing.

Current considerations for future development include district-wide plans for storm-water management and energy infrastructure with consideration to higher density, as well as the possibility of redevelopment. “We have to constantly look at that next generation. What are we getting in terms of efficiency out of our land use? Where are the opportunities that we can re-redevelop some of these areas?” Power said. “They are living districts. You don’t just plop them down and go to sleep for a generation.”

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