The City of Ashland is working on a project to develop an infill strategy for the “transit triangle.” The transit triangle is the area surrounding the bus route in the southern part of the city on Ashland St., Tolman Creek Rd. and Siskiyou Blvd.
The purpose of the project is to adopt an infill strategy for the transit triangle that encourages a greater concentration of businesses and residential units, increases transportation choices and promotes sustainable planning initiatives. A successful project will create several hundred moderately-priced housing units in an area that has had few multi-family residential units developed over the past several decades, provide additional business space and jobs, provide increased commercial and residential density located on the bus route, and transition the area from the current highway environment to a safe and vibrant walkable corridor.
The choices of how we shape the built environment greatly impact the economic vitality and resiliency of our community. Below is a link to a questionnaire intended to gather the public’s preferences regarding various building types, and to collect information from area residents about desired neighborhood and community characteristics.
As your input is very important please take the quick survey below to share your thoughts:
Despite allowances in the existing commercial and employment zones (C-1 and E-1) for three-story buildings and 15 to 30 dwelling units per acre, past developments adjacent to the bus route were primarily comprised of single-use, one story commercial buildings that did not include a residential component. The first phase of the infill strategy project involved an analysis of the factors that limit the amount and type of development in the transit triangle area and a preliminary study of the impact on market feasibility of a multi-story building with a mix of residential and commercial uses if changes to the streetscape and zoning and land use standards are considered.
The transit triangle is served by Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) Route 10. RVTD recently made service enhancements and as a result Route 10 provides 20 minute service from 7am-5pm (Monday-Friday) and 30 minute service for the remainder of the day (5am-7am and 5pm-7pm, Monday - Friday). Route 10 also includes service on Saturdays at hour intervals. Route 10 provides the highest ridership in the RVTD system (50 percent of all RVTD riders) and the Bi-Mart stop on Tolman Creek Rd. is one of the most used stops system wide.
Other opportunities in the transit triangle include a sizeable amount of vacant and redevelopable land, well-established public facilities, and shopping, services and neighborhoods within walking distance. A challenge in the transit triangle is the transition between new development and existing residential neighborhoods.
Information about Ashland's demographics, existing land availability, zoning, and the market feasibility of commercial and residential development has been gathered and evaluated in preparing the draft ordinance (10/24/2017) to be considered for application in the Transit Triangle Area. The information gathered was presented to the public at an open house on December 11th, 2017, and is available here: Open House Presentation Public Meeting Schedule
January 16, 2018 - City Council Meeting
December 12, 2017 - Developer Roundtable
December 11, 2017 - Open House
October 24, 2017 - Planning Commission Study Session
December 19, 2016 - City Council Study Session
December 19, 2016 - Developer Roundtable
November 22, 2016 - Planning Commission Study Session