First in Florida
A Multimodal Transportation District is an area of the community where there is an emphasis on alternative means of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, or golf carts. It focuses on non-automobile oriented development strategies in planning for the future. Temple Terrace is the first city in Florida in which the entire community was designated by the state as a Multimodal Transportation District.
Award-Winning Concept Temple Terrace's MTD was honored with an "Outstanding Contribution to the Community" award at the Planning Commission's 29th annual Community Design Awards in 2011.
Capital Improvements Projects are paid for partly through the use of a mobility fee from new development. The city reviews development orders for consistency with the MTD’s Level of Service standards per the city’s Transportation Procedures Manual. Each new development order that meets transportation concurrency is reviewed using a pay-as-you-go system. To mitigate any potential impact, new development pays a predetermined cost per trip for each new vehicle trip generated. Funds are used to complete a transportation improvement project identified in the capital improvements plan for the MTD.
Urban Design Guidelines The second part of this project includes urban design guidelines that provide strategies for on-site development. The guidelines include block standards, building location and orientation criteria, the creation of new pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular pathways and cross access points, TOD type parking strategies and incentives, and open space requirements for parks and plazas (see Draft Design Guidelines document).