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TGM Publications

Funding Biking and Walking Improvements (PDF)

Our eight-page guide reviews over 40 ways to fund improvments to walking and biking. The publication covers local options, state funds, federal funding, and private options, including some examples of how Oregon communities are finding the monies needed to make their communities easier for people to walk and bike in. (web page version)


Many zoning codes in Oregon tend to encourage the development of large, detached homes in residential neighborhoods to the exclusion of anything else. Research by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found building smaller homes was among the best practices to reduce the lifetime carbon and energy impacts of single-dwelling housing. DEQ and the Transportation and Growth Management Program commissioned a report​ on how to encourage more space-efficient housing options in Oregon's cities.

pkgmgmtcover.PNGParking Management: A Powerful Tool to Meet Community Goals

A four-page overview of the costs of mismanaged parking, the benefits of managing parking well, how communities can get started in reviewing their parking management policies, and a list of resources. (Web page version)




/LCD/TGM/PublishingImages/TDMReportCover.pngTransportation Demand Management (TDM) Plans for Development (PDF)

A Guide to TDM for Cities

This guide outlines one mechanism to incorporate programmatic TDM strategies in the land use review process: requiring applicants to prepare a TDM plan that details how the applicant (and subsequent owners and/or tenants) will accomplish measures to reduce transportation impacts from the development over time. This guide contains background information about TDM, a step-by-step approach for local governments interested in implementing a TDM plan program, and model code language compatible with the Model Development Code for Small Cities.

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A Guide to Managing Parking in Your Community

This guide is intended to help local governments align parking policies with economic, environmental, and livability goals. The guide discusses parking inventories, pricing, consensus-building strategies, and other tools to enable cities to improve their parking system's efficiency. The guide also includes case studies to illustrate how other communities have tackled specific challenges.

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A Primer for Planning, Siting and Designing Transit Facilities in Oregon

This primer gives small-city transit providers in Oregon guidance on planning, designing, and locating transit facilities – e.g., bus shelters, signage, access-ways to transit stops, and other amenities – to support transit systems. The primer lays out a basic planning process and offers tips for success that can be tailored to individual cities. It identifies questions that small-city transit providers must address when planning and siting transit facilities in order to support the goals that communities set for themselves. Finally, it draws upon successful Oregon examples to provide relevant advice and illustrate best practices.

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A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change

We wrote this handbook to help local governments and communities throughout Oregon understand how specific community development, land-use, and transportation planning techniques can enable us to reduce our carbon footprints. The desired outcomes of such planning often are described as “smart growth” or “sustainable development.”

The handbook is aimed at local elected officials, planning commissioners, planners, community organizations, and developers. It describes planning tools currently available as well as new climate action plans that can advance local efforts to reduce transportation related GHG emissions.

/LCD/TGM/PublishingImages/Model%20Code%20Cover.png Model Development Code for Small Cities (PDF or DOC) 

First published in 1999, Oregon’s Model Development Code and User’s Guide for Small Cities (“Model Code”) has been used widely around Oregon. The TGM Program developed the model in response to numerous requests for assistance from Oregon communities. Small cities wanted consistent guidance and technical expertise in zoning, development standards, review procedures, and implementation of state planning rules and statutes.

In developing the model code, now in Edition 3.1 (2015), TGM Program staff worked with a statewide advisory committee consisting of city officials, planning commissioners, state and regional planning agency representatives, and land use advocates, and business representatives.

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A Catalogue for Oregon's Developers and Communities

This catalogue provides examples of house plans suitable for lots as narrow as 35 feet wide, including plans for detached houses, attached houses such as duplexes and rowhouses, and detached garages with accessory units. Compiled in consultation with homebuilders and architects, the catalogue is a resource to help builders and developers find plans designed to fit the small lots available in the marketplace today.

Smart Development Code Handbook (PDF)

Commercial & Mixed Use Development Code Handbook (PDF)

Infill and Redevelopment Code Handbook (PDF)

Main Street: When A Highway Runs Through It (PDF)

Neighborhood Street Design Guidelines (PDF)

Parking Management Made Easy: A Guide to Taming the Downtown Parking Beast (PDF)

Oregon School Siting Handbook (PDF)

TGM Planning's Tangible Results

The following TGM Tangibles reports highlight projects that have been built resulting from TGM grants.

TGM Tangibles Report Volume I (PDF)
TGM Tangibles Report Volume II (PDF)

Biennial Reports

2015-2017 TGM Biennial Report​ (PDF)
2013-2015 TGM Biennial Report (PDF)
2011-2013 TGM Biennial Report (PDF)
2009-2011 TGM Biennial Report (PDF)
2007-2009 TGM Biennial Report (PDF)
2005-2007 TGM Biennial Report (PDF)