Land Use / Development Council

Land Use and Development Council Description


The Land Use and Development council supports research in the understanding of how the Hyperloop may shape our environment and how people live. It helps communities get ready for the Hyperloop and engage with the hyperloop industry, and it helps the Hyperloop industry understand how to engage with cities and communities. It is a venue for bringing creative thinkers to the discussion to work with industry and communities to explore the ways that the Hyperloop could be shaped to benefit them.

Action Plan


  • Connect with other professional organizations

    • Clarify what it is we’re asking of them

    • Identify members that would be best to participate in HARP

  • Approach BIG to present at next symposium (consultants to Hyperloop One)

  • Identify universities to partner with (match strengths to our needs)

  • Grow the council membership

  • Set up ongoing communications

  • Engage with a city that wants the Hyperloop. Pilot projects. Engage them with planning.

  • Outbound communication to DOTs, status updates.

Established Goals and Objectives


  • Get the information out to the people who need it to do their projects

  • Find other organizations to partner with rather than just be another organization for people to join and attend

  • What do cities need to know?

    • What should they do to get ready?

    • Will it create winners and losers? “Other side of the track?”

  • How does it affect small cities? Rural areas?

  • Zoning: what are the nuisances that zoning can mitigate?

  • Is hyperloop a nuisance?

    • What are the implications on the built environment?

    • What does a station area look like? How big are they?

      • Where do they go?

      • Are there multiple typologies?

    • How can cities provide certainty for hyperloop developers? Welcome them.

  • Create flow diagrams of how this will get implemented.

  • Need to understand ROW – where can it go. Where it goes impacts land use.

    • Curvature, departure from interstates.

    • How much public ROW vs. private?

  • Adaptation to future uncertainty?

    • How does land use adapt to changing modes?

    • Will the mode change over time? Expand?

      • What will it look like in 20 years? 50?

    • How does it affect the other modes we use (bus, LRT, subways)

  • Visualization: What will it look like?

    • Station areas, corridors, ROW.

Determine the Key People Needed and their Roles


  • Partners to engage with:

    • AASHTO

    • AIA

    • APA

    • ULI

    • CoreNet – commercial real estate, distribution centers

    • OSCRE – Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate

    • IFMA – Int’l facility managers association (has fund for research, publishes white papers), strategic planning for facilities

    • BTI – work with universities

    • BOMA

    • Every state DOT

    • Regional government organizations

    • Universities

Develop Potential Funding Sources, including Associations to Develop

  • By partnering with existing organizations and using their existing research

  • Federal resources like TRB, Homeland Security

  • Foundations and institutes (e.g., IFMA programs)