The following report aims to provide an overview of the current ideals and implementation methods of transit oriented development, in particular the factors which are deemed to be essential and contribute most greatly to such a development’s successful design and use. These success factors will be identified through a review of current literature and case studies, with a stakeholder survey being conducted to further establish the weighting of these differing design and planning features. With the ideas and success factors for transit oriented development in place, the report will then investigate the possibility of introducing such a development in to South East Queensland, particularly in the Greater Brisbane Area. This involves identification of a suitable site, an examination of the current situation in terms of the success factors found, and the formulation of recommendations for a transit oriented development in that area. It is found that Toowong, a suburb in Brisbane, is an appropriate site. At present, it incorporates a good mix of uses with a central railway station. Site visits and research find that the area is under-developed, yet has great potential in terms of transit oriented development. Using the previously found success factors, recommendations are then made for such a development at the site. These include the construction of tunnels to divert through traffic from the area; re-design of the railway station with an increase in service frequency; a new bus station to serve all routes passing through the area; pedestrianisation and shared zones on certain roads and high-density redevelopment of the main retail/office/apartment blocks with a focus on active street frontage. Although this report mainly focuses on a finite number of success factors – those which were found to be of most importance – due to the complexity of such design concepts, for an actual feasibility study far more detail incorporating all success factors would be needed. For such plans to be implemented, a detailed investigation in to economic feasibility and the level of government and public support would be essential. This study aims to address the research question: Can the key success factors for transit oriented development be used to identify a potential development location in South East Queensland, in order to assess the current situation and develop recommendations for a successful transit oriented development?
Keywords: Transit Oriented Development, Urban Planning, Public Transport, Pedestrians, Public Open Space, South East Queensland