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Locations with reduced automobile dependence

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ND-v2009 SLLc3: Locations with reduced automobile dependence 1-7 points

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Option 1. Transit-served location
Locate the project on a site with existing transit service such that at least 50% of dwelling units and nonresidential building entrances (inclusive of existing buildings) are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of bus or streetcar stops, or within a 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distance of bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy rail stations, or ferry terminals, and the transit service at those stops in aggregate meets the minimums listed in Tables 1 and 2. Both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met to earn points at a particular threshold. Projects larger than 125 acres (50.5 hectares) can meet the requirements by locating on a site with existing transit service such that at least 40% of dwelling units and nonresidential building entrances (inclusive of existing buildings) are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of bus or streetcar stops, or within a 1/2-mile (800 meters)walk distance of bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy rail stations, or ferry terminals, and the transit service at those stops in aggregate meets the minimums listed in Tables 1 and 2 (both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met to earn points at a particular threshold), as long as the 40% complies with NPD Prerequisite 2 and any portion of the project beyond the 1/4-mile (400 meters) and/or 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distances meets SLL Prerequisite 1, Option 3-compliant planned transit service. Projects greater than 500 acres (200 hectares) can meet the requirements by locating on a site with existing transit service such that at least 30% of dwelling units and nonresidential building entrances (inclusive of existing buildings) are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of bus or streetcar stops, or within a 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distance of bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy rail stations, or ferry terminals, and the transit service at those stops in aggregate meets the minimums listed in Tables 1 and 2 (both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met to earn points at a particular threshold), as long as the 30% complies with NPD Prerequisite 2 and any portion of the project beyond the 1/4-mile (400 meters) and/or 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distances meets SLL Prerequisite 1, Option 3-compliant planned transit service. Projects must meet the requirements for both weekday and weekend trips and provide service every day. Commuter rail must serve more than one metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and/or the area surrounding the core of an MSA (or a local equivalent for projects outside of the U.S.) Table 1. Minimum daily transit service for projects with multiple transit types (bus, streetcar, rail, or ferry

Weekday trips

Weekend trips

Points

60

40

1

76

50

2

100

65

3

132

85

4

180

130

5

246

150

6

320

200

7

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Addenda

5/9/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
In the next to last row of the table, add "%" between "30" and "or less"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
2/2/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Replace credit title with "Locations with Reduced Automobile Dependence"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
2/2/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Replace the paragraph with the following:Locate the project within a region served by a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and within a transportation analysis zone (TAZ) where either a) the current annual home-based vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita (if TAZ is 100% residential) or b) the annual non-home-based VMT per employee (if TAZ is 100% non-residential) does not exceed 90% of the average of the equivalent metropolitan region value. The research must be derived from household or employment transportation surveys conducted by the MPO within ten years of the date of submission for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. Additional credit may be awarded for increasing levels of performance, as indicated in Table 3. Mixed-use TAZs must use whichever TAZ VMT is greater, either residential per capita or non-residential per employee.
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
5/9/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
In the fourth row of the second paragraph, replace "lightor" with "light or"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
2/2/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Replace the first resource ("Location Efficient Mortgage") with the following:The Housing + Transportation Affordability Indexhttp://htaindex.cnt.org/This website, produced by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, aggregates data about housing and transportation costs in the U.S. to produce a map overlaid with affordability information.
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
11/1/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Replace the text for Step 1 and Step 1 Alternative.
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
7/1/2014Updated: 2/14/2015
Global ACP
Description of change:
Replace the last paragraph with the following: "Projects must meet the requirements for both weekday and weekend trips and provide service every day. Commuter rail must serve more than one metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and/or the area surrounding the core of an MSA (or a local equivalent for projects outside of the U.S.)"


Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
5/9/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
In the fourth row of the second paragraph, replace "lightor" with "light or"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
5/9/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
In the next to last row of the table, add "%" between "30" and "or less"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
4/1/2012Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Change the title for SLL Credit 3 to "Locations with Reduced Automobile Dependence".
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
2/2/2011Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Replace the paragraph with the following:Locate the project within a region served by a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and within a transportation analysis zone (TAZ) where either a) the current annual home-based vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita (if TAZ is 100% residential) or b) the annual non-home-based VMT per employee (if TAZ is 100% non-residential) does not exceed 90% of the average of the equivalent metropolitan region value. The research must be derived from household or employment transportation surveys conducted by the MPO within ten years of the date of submission for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. Additional credit may be awarded for increasing levels of performance, as indicated in Table 3. Mixed-use TAZs must use whichever TAZ VMT is greater, either residential per capita or non-residential per employee.
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
7/1/2014Updated: 2/14/2015
Global ACP
Description of change:
Add "(or a local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.)" behind all instances of Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Transportation Analysis Zone (TAZ)
Replace all instances of “Vehicle Miles Traveled 'VMT'” with “Vehicle distance traveled”
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
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Requirements

Option 1. Transit-served location
Locate the project on a site with existing transit service such that at least 50% of dwelling units and nonresidential building entrances (inclusive of existing buildings) are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of bus or streetcar stops, or within a 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distance of bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy rail stations, or ferry terminals, and the transit service at those stops in aggregate meets the minimums listed in Tables 1 and 2. Both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met to earn points at a particular threshold. Projects larger than 125 acres (50.5 hectares) can meet the requirements by locating on a site with existing transit service such that at least 40% of dwelling units and nonresidential building entrances (inclusive of existing buildings) are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of bus or streetcar stops, or within a 1/2-mile (800 meters)walk distance of bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy rail stations, or ferry terminals, and the transit service at those stops in aggregate meets the minimums listed in Tables 1 and 2 (both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met to earn points at a particular threshold), as long as the 40% complies with NPD Prerequisite 2 and any portion of the project beyond the 1/4-mile (400 meters) and/or 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distances meets SLL Prerequisite 1, Option 3-compliant planned transit service. Projects greater than 500 acres (200 hectares) can meet the requirements by locating on a site with existing transit service such that at least 30% of dwelling units and nonresidential building entrances (inclusive of existing buildings) are within a 1/4-mile (400 meters) walk distance of bus or streetcar stops, or within a 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distance of bus rapid transit stops, light or heavy rail stations, or ferry terminals, and the transit service at those stops in aggregate meets the minimums listed in Tables 1 and 2 (both weekday and weekend trip minimums must be met to earn points at a particular threshold), as long as the 30% complies with NPD Prerequisite 2 and any portion of the project beyond the 1/4-mile (400 meters) and/or 1/2-mile (800 meters) walk distances meets SLL Prerequisite 1, Option 3-compliant planned transit service. Projects must meet the requirements for both weekday and weekend trips and provide service every day. Commuter rail must serve more than one metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and/or the area surrounding the core of an MSA (or a local equivalent for projects outside of the U.S.) Table 1. Minimum daily transit service for projects with multiple transit types (bus, streetcar, rail, or ferry

Weekday trips

Weekend trips

Points

60

40

1

76

50

2

100

65

3

132

85

4

180

130

5

246

150

6

320

200

7

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