Encourage development within and near existing communities or public transportation infrastructure. Reduce vehicle trips and miles traveled and support walking as a transportation choice.
Locate the project on an infill site;
Locate the project near existing or planned adequate transit service so that at least 50% of dwelling units and business entrances within the project are within ¼ mile walk distance of bus or streetcar stops or within ½ mile walk distance of bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy passenger rail stations and ferry terminals. In the case of planned service, show that the relevant transit agency has committed in a legally binding warrant that adequate transit service will be provided at or before the beginning of the transit agency’s first service year after 50% of the dwelling units and/or businesses within the project are occupied and has identified all funding necessary to do so;
Locate the project near existing neighborhood shops, services, and facilities so that the project boundary is within ¼ mile walk distance of at least four, or within ½ mile walk distance of at least 6, of the diverse uses defined in Appendix A. Uses may not be counted in two categories, e.g an office building may be counted only once even if it is also a major employment center. A mixed use building containing several uses as distinct enterprises would count each as a separate use, but no more than half of the minimum number of diverse uses can be situated in a single building. A single retail store of any type (such as a big box retail store that sells both clothing and household goods) may only be counted once even if it sells products associated with multiple use types;
Locate the project within a region served by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and within a transportation analysis zone for which MPO research demonstrates that the average annual home-based and/or non-home-based rate of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) per capita is lower than the average annual rate of the metropolitan region as a whole. The research must be derived from transportation surveys conducted within ten years of the date of submission for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification;
Locate the project within a region served by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and demonstrate through peer-reviewed analysis that the average annual home-based and/or non-home-based rate of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) per capita of the project will be lower than the average annual rate shown by MPO research for the metropolitan region as a whole. The MPO research must be derived from transportation surveys conducted within ten years of the date of submission for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. The analysis prepared for the project must be conducted by a qualified transportation professional and reviewed and supported by a second qualified transportation professional who is not affiliated with either the sponsor of the project or the first analyst.