Map Monday: Transit Oriented Development Public Parcels Map

Via the Met Council comes this interactive map of transit-oriented public parcels that can be developed. It allows you to search and view publicly owned parcels of land within 1/2 mile of select existing and planned transit facilities.

The parcel dataset used for this map was derived from the MetroGIS Regional Parcel Dataset, and is the result of a pilot project conducted by Metro Transit’s Transit Oriented Development Office (TOD). The purpose of this pilot project is to increase awareness of publicly owned parcel locations in relation to select transit station areas and facilitate transit oriented development analyses.

This map can be manipulated and searched. For those with GIS software, the Public Parcel shapefile and/or geodatabase can be downloaded for additional manipulation. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

2 Responses to Map Monday: Transit Oriented Development Public Parcels Map

  1. Adam Miller
    Adam Miller November 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    Unpopular thought: the fairgrounds represent a big chunk of underused transit-adjacent land.

    Also kind of weird to me that Orange Line stations count as existing transit facilities, but regular route bus lines do not. Gotta draw the line somewhere I guess, but walking to the 5, for example, seems a lot more appealing than to the center of an interstate.

    Meanwhile, boy does NE Minneapolis need some planned transit stations.

  2. Robert Clarksen November 16, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Its nice to see this information in one dataset, but it isnt as helpful as you might like it to be. This map makes it look as if there is tons of property available to build all sorts of stuff on and the reality couldnt be further from the truth. I would like to see this drilled down further to parcels that are vacant of current uses. It isnt practical to look at a school or park site as a potentially redevelopable parcel just because it is within 1/2 mile from transit. If this conversation could be more focused on undeveloped land, it would provide the optimal place to look at what could be done to practically enhance the untility of land near transit and in my opinion would be far more useful in the immendiate term.

    In the near future term, trying to identify underdeveloped properties could be a next step here, but then you get into a can of worms about what factors you use to determine underutilization.

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