Bill mandating localities develop plans for Transit-Oriented Development is amended to make it optional

February 20, 2020

HB 585 (Guzman), which requires localities to adopt Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plans was amended in the Senate Local Government Committee by making it optional. Specifically, the committee replaced the mandate that localities incorporate TOD strategies within comprehensive plans with “shall consider incorporating” within comprehensive plans. The bill was also amended earlier in the legislative session to limit its application to cities with a population more than 20,000, and counties more than 100,000.

The bill has passed both chambers and now awaits approval by the Governor.

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP

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