City of Ashland, Oregon / Community Development / Transit Triangle Infill Strategy

Transit Triangle Infill Strategy Project
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. (see map).
 
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.

 
Background
 
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.  

 
Public Meeting Schedule
• December 19, 2016 City Council Study Session
• December 19, 2016 Developer Roundtable
• November 22, 2016 Planning Commission Study Session
• October 11, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting
 
Meeting Materials
• December 19, 2016 Presentation / Packet Materials / Meeting Minutes 
• December 19, 2016  Presentation / Roundtable Notes
• November 22, 2016 Presentation / Packet Materials / Meeting Minutes
• October 11, 2016 Presentation / Packet Materials / Meeting Minutes

Questions or Comments? Contact Planning Manager Maria Harris at maria.harris@ashland.or.us, or call 541-552-2045.
 
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