Transit Housing Oriented Redevelopment
The Planning and Environmental Regulation Division created the Transit Housing Oriented Redevelopment(THOR) initiative in 2006 as a multi-disciplinary strategy to establish vibrant transit corridors throughout Broward County. A primary goal of THOR is to protect existing residential neighborhoods by directing growth to adjacent transit corridors such as Broward Boulevard and US 441/State Road 7.
The County is seeking ways to leverage public investments along transit corridors to attract private reinvestment and enhance the tax base. Since the County is essentially built out, developers are looking at underutilized land and blighted areas for future development. Through THOR, the County is taking steps to accommodate projected growth in a manner that maintains and improves the quality of life for its residents. The THOR initiative led to the codification of the County-wide Community Design Guidebook and the creation of three new land use designations that will lay the foundation for transit-oriented land use patterns.
Under the THOR initiative two areas that have great potential as transit corridors were studied. The first corridor was Broward Boulevard between I-95 and State Road 7 and the second was State Road 7 between Broward Boulevard and I-595. The studies were a collaborative process which included the active participation of local governments, residents, property owners, business owners and the general public. Data and Information garnered from these studies was incorporated within a document, produced by the Broward Community Design Collaborative at the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs at Florida Atlantic University entitled, “Subtropical Sustainable”.
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