East Metro Strong is a coalition of public and private partners bringing better transit investments to the eastern Twin Cities region of Minnesota. Criterion is the group’s principal planner for its 2040 transit vision, encompassing five rail and BRT corridors with 60 station areas. The firm’s work includes a digital atlas of the corridors and estimation of their growth capacity; a transit compatibility and gap analysis of 34 local comprehensive plans covering the corridors; and digital charrettes for stakeholder modeling of preferred station area development scenarios.East Metro Strong
The City of Chula Vista California has used a Criterion-designed system for planning climate-friendly development since 2000. Major development plans are measured with land-use, transportation, energy, and greenhouse gas emission indicators, and their scores are compared to minimum energy-efficient thresholds that must be achieved for project approval. A recent example is Otay Village Two, a 300-acre, development that exceeded minimum standards for use mix and balance, neighborhood completeness, intersection density, and VMT and GHG emissions reduction.Land Development Rating System
Criterion assisted the metropolitan planning organization of Lee County Florida, including Fort Myers and six other cities, in the preparation of long-range land-use and transportation scenarios as part of the region’s comprehensive growth planning. Criterion assembled a regional composite of existing conditions and local plans, and conducted digital charrettes with local planners sketching preferred locations for land-use intensification and transit investment.
Criterion assisted U.S. EPA’s national brownfield program in documenting the environmental benefits of brownfield redevelopment compared to greenfield development. In selected metropolitan areas, the firm is measuring successful brownfield redevelopment projects against fast-growing suburban greenfield locations where the brownfield reuse might have otherwise gone if the brownfield had not been available. Using a set of land-use, transportation, and environmental indicators, the research demonstrated significant land, air, and water benefits from brownfield locations.Impacts of Brownfields Redevelopment