Planning Programs and Projects

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+ Brookfield Developer Discussion Panel - Brookfield Station Community Planning Developer Panel Brookfield $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Description

This project assisted the Village of Brookfield with a Developer Discussion Panel to gather guidance and advice from development experts. The objective is to attract development to vacant sites and encourage infill development. The Developer Discussion Panel helped the Village determine goals and needs in order to best utilize the land.

Current Activities

The panel was held in August 2018 with members of the Village of Brookfield, ULI Chicago and the RTA in attendance. The Village continues to experience incremental growth near the Brookfield station in the form of new apartment development.

A summary report can be found to the right in Related Reports.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,000

Last Updated 07.23.2021

+ Brookfield Developer Discussion Panel - Congress Park Station Community Planning Developer Panel Brookfield $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Description

The RTA partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to convene a half-day discussion panel of development experts to provide guidance and advice to Village staff. The panel discussed the development climate and potential strategies to prepare for, and attract development to, Village-owned parcels near the Congress Park Metra station.

Current Activities

RTA, ULI, and Village of Brookfield staff facilitated the developer panel discussion on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Four developer panelists were in attendance. The report of recommendations was published in March 2022 and is available under "Related Reports." 

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,500

Last Updated 05.22.2023

+ Brookfield Metra Station Bicycle Parking Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Brookfield $277,150
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

This project will add covered bicycle parking at both the Congress Park and Brookfield Metra Stations. Twenty-four racks will be installed at Congress Park and 12 at Brookfield. These improvements will leverage Brookfield's existing bicycle facilities and support the annual Bike Brookfield event.

Current Activities

Construction for this project is complete. Awaiting IDOT close out.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $13,857
Local $41,573
Federal $221,720

Last Updated 06.24.2022

+ Brookfield TOD Zoning Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Brookfield $20,000
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description
This project assisted the Village with updating the zoning regulations around their three Metra stations focusing primarily on the downtown area. The update reflects land use policies, goals and objectives found in the adopted 2020 Master Plan. The revised zoning code uses the latest form-based methods and theories of development regulation to assist the Village in continuing to transform the environment surrounding the downtown Metra station into a model transit-oriented development.
Current Activities
In January 2017 the Village Board of Trustees adopted the revised regulations into the Village zoning code ordinance and revised the Village zoning map accordingly. Since then developers have been attracted to the area as a place to build new multifamily development because of the revised zoning code. Due to the new Station Area Zoning code developers are now able to build new multi-unit developments near transit by right, without having to get approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission or the village board. Such developments have been built in the 8900 block of Fairview Avenue and Grant Avenue.
Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $4,000
Federal $16,000

Last Updated 06.28.2019

+ Buffalo Grove TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Buffalo Grove $21,666
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

Project Details

Description
Buffalo Grove was chosen as part of the 2011 RTA Community Planning Program of Projects to create zoning guidelines for both the Buffalo Grove and Prairie View station areas to encourage transit-supportive development.
Current Activities
Updated regulations & design guidelines for both station areas were completed in August 2012. The RTA continues to track development progress in both station areas and to offer implementation assistance when appropriate.
Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $4,334
Federal $17,332

Last Updated 06.30.2016

+ Buffalo Grove Transit-Oriented Development Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Buffalo Grove $124,427
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

Project Details

Description

Through this study, the Village developed transit-oriented development plans for two locations along the Metra North Central Line: Deerfield Parkway at Commerce Court and Route 22 at Prairie. This study produced transit-oriented development plans for two Metra stations on the North Central Line in the Village of Buffalo Grove: Buffalo Grove and Prairie View.

Current Activities

The study was completed in January 2007. The Village surveyed area employers within the station area in summer of 2010 to identify any needed revisions to Pace Bus Route #626, which serves the station. Upgrades were made to the route shortly after.

Buffalo Grove was also chosen as part of the 2011 RTA Community Planning Program of Projects to update their zoning regulations in both station areas to include transit-supportive regulations. This project began in the 4th Quarter of 2011 and updated regulations & design guidelines for both station areas were completed in August 2012. 13 new townhomes were built in the Waterbury Place development within the Prairie View TOD area in 2013, but these units were approved for development prior to the start of the TOD zoning project. In spring of 2016 the Easton Station project broke ground in the Prairie View station area just west of I-94 and just south of Route 22. The development will consist of 15 luxury townhomes.

In 2019 the Village completed an update to the Prairie View plan and is now working to implement the revised vision. The updated plan calls for single-family homes and townhouses clustered around more than 12 acres of park space; a central area with a mix of uses, including single-family homes, multifamily housing and commercial properties, along with a gateway paying tribute to the neighborhood's history; and a south area featuring townhouses and a mixed-use building overlooking a plaza. The RTA continues to track development progress in both station areas and offer implementation assistance when appropriate.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $12,443
Local $12,443
Federal $99,541

Last Updated 09.28.2021

+ Calumet Park Ashland Metra Station Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Calumet Park $329,291
  • RTA
  • Federal
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

This project will include the construction of approximately 2,050 linear feet of new and improved sidewalks, two new pedestrian crosswalks, and a covered bike shelter at the Ashland Metra Station.

Current Activities

After a period of delays, the Phase II engineering has resumed.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $65,858
Federal $263,433

Last Updated 11.19.2023

+ Calumet Park Pace Route and Metra Station Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Calumet Park $264,126
  • RTA
  • Federal
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

This project will construct bicycle facilities along 124th Street to better facilitate safe access between bus transit services along Halsted Street to the Ashland Metra station at Ashland Avenue. Additional improvements include completing a sidewalk gap on 124th Street between Laflin and Bishop Streets and pedestrian improvements to the intersection of 124th Street and Laflin Street.

Current Activities

After a period of delays, the Phase II engineering has resumed.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $52,825
Federal $211,301

Last Updated 11.15.2023

+ Calumet Park TOD Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Calumet Park $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Description

The RTA convened a Developer Discussion Panel to assist the Village's efforts to attract transit- oriented development (TOD) at a vacant ~6-acre site located directly adjacent to the Metra Electric Ashland Avenue station. The Village will benefit from developer expertise on how to attract and consider development proposals that optimize the neighboring transit asset and align with local and regional goals.

Current Activities

The panel of development experts met in June 2021 for the 1/2 day workshop with the Village. The report of recommendations was published in September 2021 and is available under "Related Reports".

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,500

Last Updated 01.19.2023

+ Cary Downtown Strategic Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Cary $107,246
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

Project Details

Description

This RTA assisted the Village of Cary in the creation of the Downtown Cary Strategic Plan, a transit-oriented development plan for the area generally located within a half mile of the Cary Metra station. Particular attention was given to properties located within the first quarter mile of the station and the plan details a vision for downtown with a focus on future land use and infrastructure improvements that will help to strengthen the inner core of the community and encourage private reinvestment near the station.

Current Activities

The Downtown Cary Strategic Plan was adopted by the Cary Village Board on June 15, 2021. The RTA will monitor for initial plan implementation. 

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
Local $21,449
Federal $85,797

Last Updated 07.21.2021