Pilot-Credits PC39: Mixed-Use Neighborhood Centers

  • Pilot Credit 39: Mixed-Use Neighborhood Centers Background Information

    Note: This pilot credit was closed for new registrations as of March 1, 2012.

    The proposed pilot credit is a revised version of a LEED 2009 credit. These changes are proposed for LEED 2012. The goal of the revisions was to remove some of the most difficult elements to document, and ensure better transit access to regional retail establishments.

    Additional Questions

    1. Were you able to understand and comply with the credit language as written?
    2. Were there barriers to implementing the strategies used under this credit?

    Credit Submittals


    1. Register for Pilot Credit(s) here.
    2. Register a username at LEEDuser.com, and participate in online forum
    3. Submit feedback survey; supply PDF of your survey/confirmation of completion with credit documentation

    Credit Specific:

    NOTE: More detailed submittals will be available in October, after the submittals for this credit are written for LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development.

    • A map showing walking routes from dwelling units to diverse uses.
    • A table that corresponds to the map, listing each dwelling unit and the walk distance to each diverse use. Specify the category of each use.
    • A timeline of project occupancy, by square footage occupied.
    • Square footage of all retail uses.
    • For projects that must determine transit service, a map and transit service tables listing each dwelling unit and non-residential business entrance with walking distances to transit (must meet the 2 point threshold in SLLc3). Label transit stop near the retail which qualifies.
    • In the case of planned transit service, documentation that the transit is authorized and funded as specified in the requirements.

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations

    Pilot Credit 39: Mixed-Use Neighborhood Centers


    To reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMTVehicle Miles Traveled (VMT): The number of miles traveled by motor vehicles in a specified period of time, such as a day or a year, by a number of motorists in absolute or per capita terms.) and automobile dependence, encourage daily walking, biking, and transit use, and support car-free living by clustering diverse land uses in accessible neighborhood and regional centers.




    Locate or design the project such that 50% of its dwelling units are within a 1/4-mile walk distance of the number of diverse uses (see Appendix) in Table 1. For projects with no dwellings, 50% of dwelling units within 1/4 mile of the project boundary must be within a 1/4-mile walk distance of the number of diverse uses specified in Table 1, In either case, diverse uses accessible to each counted dwelling unit must include at least one food re-tail store and at least one establishment from each of two other categories. Establishments may be inside or outside the project and may be existing or planned diverse uses.

    The specified number of diverse uses must be in place by the time of occupancy accord-ing to the percentages indicated in Table 1 (exclusive of portions of parking structures devoted to parking):

    Table 1. Points for diverse uses within 1/4-mile walk distance, by time of occupancy

    The following restrictions apply:

    1. A single establishment may not be counted in two categories (e.g., a place of worship may be counted only once even if it also contains a daycare facility, and a retail store may be counted only once even if it sells products in several categories).
    2. Establishments in a mixed-use building may each count if they are distinctly operated enterprises with separate exterior entrances, but no more than half of the minimum number of diverse uses can be situated in a single building or under a common roof.
    3. Only two establishments in a single category may be counted (e.g., if five restaurants are within the required distance, only two may be counted).



    Projects with retail uses totaling 150,000 or more square feet, if they have at least one retail establishment totaling 75,000 or more square feet, must also must meet at least the 2-point threshold for transit service under SLL Credit 3, Reduced Automobile Depend-ence, Option 1, Transit-Served Location. In this case, planned transit service can be counted.  Each retail establishment totaling 75,000 or more square feet must be served by at least one transit stop providing trips that qualify under SLL Credit 3.
    If transit service is planned but not yet operational, the project must demonstrate one of the following:

    1. The relevant transit agency has a signed full funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration that includes a revenue operations date for the start of transit service. The revenue operations date must be no later than the occupancy date of 50% of the project’s total building square footage.
    2. For bus, streetcar, bus rapid transit, or ferry service, the transit agency must certify that it has an approved budget that includes specifically allocated funds sufficient to provide the planned service at the levels listed above and that service at these levels will commence no later than occupancy of 50% of the project’s total building square footage.
    3. For rail service other than streetcars, the transit agency must certify that preliminary engineering for a rail line has commenced. In addition, the service must meet either of these two requirements:
    • A state legislature or local subdivision of the state has authorized the transit agency to expend funds to establish rail transit service that will commence no later than occupancy of 50% of the project’s total building square footage.
    • or
    • A municipality has dedicated funding or reimbursement commitments from future tax revenue for the development of stations, platforms, or other rail transit infrastructure that will service the project no later than occupancy of 50% of the project’s total building square footage.

    Appendix: Diverse Uses

    Food Retail

    Other food store with produce

    Community-Serving Retail

    Clothing store or department store selling clothes
    Convenience store
    Farmer’s market
    Hardware store
    Other retail


    Gym, health club, exercise studio
    Hair care
    Laundry, dry cleaner
    Restaurant, café, diner (excluding establishments with only drive-throughs)

    Civic and Community Facilities

    Adult or senior care (licensed)
    Child care (licensed)
    Community or recreation center
    Cultural arts facility (museum, performing arts)
    Educational facility (including K–12 school, university, adult education center, vocational school, community college)
    Family entertainment venue (theater, sports)
    Government office that serves public on-site
    Place of worship
    Medical clinic or office that treats patients
    Police or fire station
    Post office
    Public library
    Public park
    Social services center

    Adapted from Criterion Planners, INDEX neighborhood completeness indicator, 2005.


LEED Pilot Credit Library

The homepage for the LEED Pilot Credit Library. The LEED Pilot Credit Library is intended to facilitate the introduction of new prerequisites and credits to LEED. This process will allow USGBC to test and refine credits through LEED 2009 project evaluations before they are sent through the balloting process for introduction into LEED.


Foundations of LEED

Background for the LEED Pilot Credit Library is provided in this foundational document.


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