Trail-oriented development strategies require considerations for partnerships, policy, and funding. The tools used to implement trail-orientated development projects are as diverse as the projects themselves, each requiring a unique approach.
Trail-oriented development involves at least two stakeholders: the trail owner and the property owner. Leveraging this partnership and others (e.g., realtors, developers, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) will bring additional resources and more buy-in from community members.
What can municipalities do to build strong partnerships?
Communities interested in trail-oriented development strategies can support trailside development and land use policies that encourage those strategies. Support can come in the form of information gathering, research, planning, or policy proposals.
What can municipalities do to encourage trail-oriented policymaking?
Implementing trail-oriented development is not free. Since most strategies are on private property, it is up to each property owner to make investments. It is critical that local governments make investment both easy and worthwhile for trailside businesses and institutions.
What can municipalities do to encourage funding?
Houston-Galveston Area Council