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Department of Transport and Main Roads

About transit oriented developments (TOD)

What is a TOD?

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for the transit oriented development (TOD) projects across South East Queensland.

Transit-oriented development (TOD) promotes the creation of sustainable communities focussed around public transport infrastructure. 

TOD is recognised by:

  • effective land use and transport integration where a rapid and frequent transit service is available 
  • high accessibility to the public transport network 
  • public spaces where walkability and cycling are prioritised 
  • higher density residential, retail, commercial and community uses or ideally, a mix of these where appropriate. A successful TOD should achieve: 
    • increased patronage on the public transport network
    • greater mobility choice 
    • improved safety and activation 
    • improved community inclusivity and access 
    • opportunities to revitalise urban areas 
    • increased localised business and economic activity 
    • reduced travel times to reach employment, goods and services 
    • a balanced mix of uses 
    • maintained legibility of the public transport system.

TMR can:

  • actively promote or initiate development through land release, with contingent expectations of design excellence and integration
  • review and co-create market-led proposals with early engagement that maximises benefits to the public and the developer through customer-centred design. 

Where a TOD project interfaces with a rail station/ is within a railway (i.e. commercial corridor land), the railway manager, will be a key stakeholder, with additional standards to be adhered to and approvals required.

TMR can also facilitate the delivery of private sector TOD projects where a proponent may acquire adjacent departmental land and is actively seeking to integrate a development with the transit station. This includes projects such as Milton TOD, Buranda TOD and the Toowoomba Retail Link, constructed as part of the Grand Central Shopping Centre.

Last updated 8 July 2021