RTA Provides Funds to Update Zoning Regulations in Four Communities
May 28, 2015
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is pleased to announce the kickoff of four transit-oriented development (TOD) zoning projects that were allocated funding through the RTA’s 2015 Community Planning Program. These projects are among 16 that were awarded in 2015 with funding totaling $810,000. The RTA is providing approximately $85,000 in federal grant and local match funds to support these zoning updates that will encourage transit-friendly development.
The new zoning regulations are slated for Brookfield, Evanston, Forest Park and Highwood to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD), streamline the approval process for future TOD projects, examine and possibly adjust off-street parking regulations, and ultimately help each of these communities achieve a pedestrian and transit-friendly environment that complements its community's character.
"We are pleased to be able to move these communities forward in terms of transit access for residents. The new TOD zoning regulations encourage the appropriate development to enhance the vibrancy of these communities, spur economic growth and increase ridership," said Leanne P. Redden, RTA Executive Director.
The following four communities will update their TOD zoning regulations thanks in part to RTA support:
These are examples of many TOD plan implementation projects funded through the RTA’s Community Planning Program. To date, the program has completed more than 90 TOD plans using a combination of RTA, local and federal funds, totaling nearly $10 million.
The RTA is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Community Planning Program. For more information please visit www.rtachicago.org/applications.
About the RTA
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the only transit agency charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace bus and paratransit. Riders take more than two million trips each weekday on the RTA region’s transit system in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois. The Agency also provides customer services including on-line and telephone travel planning assistance and travel training for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.RTAchicago.org.