Resiliency & Land Use
Transit Oriented Development
In today’s world, lifestyles are changing and people are seeking alternative transportation choices and housing locations. With the coast’s aging population and larger millennials entering the workforce; housing and land use trends need to be examined and opportunities to improve densities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast should be identified.With this in mind, the GRPC has created a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Program aimed at identifying and analyzing these place types. With this work, the GRPC would also like to identify different modes of transportation connectivity gaps in access to essential services and emphasize the relationship of land use, zoning, and transit in the creation of areas that are walkable, sustainable, affordable, active and convenient neighborhoods for people of all ages and incomes.
A 1.5-day scenario planning workshop was held March 15-16, 2016, in Biloxi, Mississippi, and hosted by the Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC). The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored this workshop under its Scenario Planning Program, which is conducted jointly with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Scenario Planning Program is also part of the FHWA-FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program.
The workshop introduced the topic of scenario planning to GRPC partners and representatives from local, State, and federal agencies, and provided an opportunity for GRPC to collect feedback on next steps for using scenario planning to better inform its planning process and leverage existing planning resources and applications. A report was published documenting this event. It can be viewed and downloaded here or viewed online at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/scenario_and_visualization/scenario_planning/peer_exchange/biloxi_ms/biloxims.pdf.