At a presentation with Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) – in Toronto – I was asked the question “How would you recommend we best enable TOD around our stations? And in particular get rising land values to contribute to infrastructure costs”
I can only speak as a designer, but my answer was that that they could initiate masterplans that generate a coherent vision of place-making incorporating increased density and use these to engage with landowners and stakeholders around a discussion linking place, social and commercial value and growth with new infrastructure provision.
WW+P are working already with significant, and forward thinking, landowners in Toronto exploring the potential for their ownership. IO have made it clear that they are open to unsolicited approaches from the private sector, which is great and will encourage others. Initiating some of this work within IO or Metrolinx, in parallel to the technical design of rail corridors, would help create the public/private dialogue to take this agenda forward.