The Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development will host a virtual public meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 to formally begin the process to create a transit-oriented development plan for the Memphis Innovation Corridor. Meeting registration is online at https://bit.ly/MemphisInnovationTOD.
The Memphis Innovation Corridor includes Downtown, the Memphis Medical District, Midtown, and the University District. Creation of the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plan is another step in the larger Memphis Innovation Corridor project, which includes mConnect, the city’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, and is part of ongoing implementation of the Memphis Transit Vision included in the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive plan. The TOD plan will serve as a blueprint for bringing people, activities, buildings, and public spaces along the Corridor together via mixed-use development that makes using public transit an attractive option alongside driving, bicycling, walking, scooters, and other forms of transportation in a multimodal lifestyle. The final plan will include complementing station-area concept plans, regulatory codes and guidelines, and funding strategies to implement mixed-use, transit-oriented development in line with the mConnect planning and design already in progress.
BRT and high density transit oriented development are mutually supportive goals; the Innovation Corridor Plan sets a path to achieve these goals and promote a thriving and inclusive corridor.
“mConnect will play an important role in local and regional community and economic growth, and we want to be proactive about finding ways to make sure that this new bus rapid transit system and the surrounding neighborhoods seamlessly enhance and support each other,” said John Zeanah, Director, Memphis & Shelby County Division of Planning & Development.
The March 18 public meeting will give community members a chance to learn more about the TOD planning process and provide input on three key aspects: urban design, development growth, and affordability. Attend online at https://bit.ly/MemphisInnovationTOD or by phone (the call-in number will be provided after registration). For more information about the Innovation Corridor and to take the community survey, visit memphis3point0.com/innovation-corridor or call 901-636-6601.