Who Will Use the Guidelines?

The Design Guidelines have broad applicability. They can be used as a basis for development policy by municipal departments, as a reference for local interests who advocate for the development of transit supportive communities and a sustainable region, and as a tool for residents to simply understand the intent of community development and its relationship to public transit. However, within this context, the Guidelines have been crafted to respond to a multi-layered set of potential users. The table to the right describes the range of potential users for the design guidelines, as well as potential implementation mechanisms available to help attain implementation of a more transit supportive region.

User TierRelevant PartiesPotential Implementation Mechanisms
Primary users are those who are mostdirectly responsible for regularly creating and implementing transit and development policy
  • Pace
  • Municipal planning and zoning staff
  • Planning and zoning commissions
  • Elected officials
  • Public works staff and DOT’s
  • Developers
  • Designers & engineers
  • Consultants
  • Tollway operators
  • Agency planning and design standards
  • Municipal planning and design standards
  • Municipal zoning and subdivision regulatory amendments
  • Municipal development review amendments
  • Monetary or procedural development incentives
  • Private/public partnership practices
Secondary users are those who may have a limited role in creating or implementing policies related to development, infrastructure or services impacting bus transit
  • RTA
  • CTA
  • Metra
  • Other government agency service providers
  • Secondary review commissions (i.e. Historic Preservation Boards)
  • Regional planning entities (i.e. CMAP)
  • Private infrastructure providers (i.e. railroads)
  • Sub-regional or local support agencies (i.e. Local Economic Development Commission, Council of Governments)
  • Inter-agency transit service plans
  • Review and approval guidelines for specific local boards and commissions
  • Regional planning and best practices
  • Local best practices for development and design
Tertiary users are those who may reference the Guidelines as an educational or advisory piece in understanding and implementing the goals of transit supportive development
  • Residents
  • Owners or managers of private properties
  • Advocacy groups
  • Researchers
  • Local and regional marketing campaigns
  • Targeted advocacy to primary and secondary users
  • Education and outreach to all interested and impacted parties