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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
CHAPTER 243 INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
Sec. 13b-79z. Annual report re implementation status of transportation projects and initiatives.

(b) During the month of December of each year, the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, finance, revenue and bonding and planning and development shall meet with the Commissioners of Transportation and Economic and Community Development and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and such other persons as they deem appropriate to consider the report required by subsection (a) of this section. (871)

Secs. 13b-79aa to 13b-79jj. (872)(Text)

Reserved for future use. (873)

PART V TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (874)(Text)

Sec. 13b-79kk. Transit-oriented development projects. (875)(Text)

(a) As used in this section: (876)

(1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Transportation; (877)

(2) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; (878)

(3) "Public transportation facilities" means rail, busway and bus stations and associated improvements, including, but not limited to, parking; (879)

(4) "Transit-oriented development" means the development of residential, commercial and employment centers within one-half mile or walking distance of public transportation facilities, including rail and bus rapid transit and services, that meet transit supportive standards for land uses, built environment densities and walkable environments, in order to facilitate and encourage the use of those services. (880)

(b) Subject to the availability of funds, the commissioner may, with the approval of the secretary, participate in transit-oriented development projects to the extent that such projects result in the development or improvement of public transportation facilities. When the state solicits transit-oriented development proposals, the commissioner shall select the developer or developers through an open, competitive process. The commissioner may, with the approval of the secretary, waive competitive selection when (1) the developer is an abutting land owner; (2) such land owner's property is essential to the project; and (3) the commissioner makes an express finding that (A) the cost to the state of any property transaction or provision of services does not exceed the fair market value of the property or services, and (B) the waiver is in the best interest of the state. (881)

(c) No lease, sale or purchase of state land or facilities in connection with a project undertaken pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be valid without the approval of the Properties Review Board. (882)

(d) The provisions of sections 3-14b, 4b-21 and 13b-20b to 13b-20n, inclusive, shall not apply to a project undertaken pursuant to the provisions of this section. (883)

Sec. 13b-79ll. Bond issue for transit-oriented development pilot program. Projects. Grants. (884)(Text)

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate five million dollars. (885)

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Transportation for the purpose of establishing a transit-oriented development pilot program. (886)

(c) The following projects have been designated as transit-oriented development pilot projects: (887)

(1) Station area development in all towns on the New Britain to Hartford busway corridor; (888)

(2) Station area development in Windsor and Meriden on the New Haven to Springfield rail line; (889)

(3) Station area development on the New Haven rail line from West Haven to Stratford; and (890)

(4) Station area development in New London on the Shore Line East rail line. (891)

(d) (1) Projects meeting the following criteria may also be designated as transit-oriented development pilot projects: (892)

(A) A strategic transportation project, as identified in section 13b-79p; (893)

(B) Projects which are substantially funded by state, local or federal governments; and (894)

(C) Projects where substantial planning is either underway or completed. (895)

(2) In addition to meeting the criteria described in subdivision (1) of this subsection, designated projects shall qualify for transit-oriented development pilot program funding of not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars and not more than one million dollars each when participating towns conclude a memorandum of understanding involving one or more regional planning agencies. (896)

(e) As used in this section, any memorandum of understanding shall include: (897)

(1) A work plan; (898)

(2) A budget; (899)

(3) Anticipated work products; (900)

(4) Geographically defined transit-oriented development zones; (901)

(5) A time frame for completion; (902)

(6) The identity of the administering entity of the grant; and (903)

(7) The identity of the participating municipalities and regional planning agencies. (904)

(f) As used in this section, any memorandum of understanding shall propose to complete one or more of the following: (905)

(1) A transit-oriented development plan or station area plan of development; (906)

(2) Development or adoption of a transit-oriented development overlay zone; (907)

(3) Selection of a preferred development approach; (908)

(4) Implementation of a transit-oriented development plan; (909)

(5) Market assessment for transit-oriented development plan implementation; (910)

(6) Financial assessment and planning related to transit-oriented development plan implementation; (911)

(7) Preparation of detailed plans for environmental and brownfield remediation, if required; or (912)

(8) Preparation of development or joint development agreements. (913)

(g) A transit-oriented development planning grant program is established. Planning grants shall be available for (1) completion of a transit-oriented development plan or station area plan of development, (2) development or adoption of a transit-oriented development overlay zone, or (3) preparation of a development strategy and selection of a preferred development approach. Planning activities shall be limited to areas within one-half mile of any transit station. (914)

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