How Will the Guidelines Be Implemented?

The Transit Supportive Guidelines for the Chicagoland Region may be referenced by a broad set of stakeholders, officials, and residents. It is important to recognize how each potential member of the regional audience plays a role in implementing the Guidelines to create a more transit supportive Chicagoland.

Typically, the creation of a transit supportive environment will require coordination among several agencies. This will usually occur during the development review processes administered by municipalities with regulatory purview over a specific development lot. In that light, municipalities should consider how their procedures for review and approval accommodate review by Pace and other impacted agencies. The flow chart to the right shows generally how such agency review might fit into local procedures, recognizing that every municipality has its own set of specific review bodies, development regulations, boards and commissions, and local goals and objectives.

Pace development review assistance for transit (DRAFT)

In order to ensure that development proposals contribute to a transit supportive region, Pace offers complementary in-house technical review under its Development Review Assistance For Transit Program. Developers and designers can participate in the program voluntarily, though local municipalities may require Pace review as a part of local development review for projects that meet certain criteria. These reviews are conducted by Pace’s Transportation Engineer and are designed to promote the incorporation of public transportation features in suburban developments. The provision of transit service also is analyzed during this plan review process. Existing Pace service to the development site is reviewed and service needs resulting from the new development plans are analyzed. The following page offers additional information regarding the DRAFT program, and a detailed packet of program information can be obtained by contacting Pace’s Transportation Engineer.

Why should I participate in the DRAFT program?

Pace’s DRAFT program is intended to help coordinate the efforts of private development, municipal services, local infrastructure and bus transit services and facilities. Through the program, developers can work directly with Pace to accommodate characteristics of transit supportive development that enhance the vibrancy of the development and improve access to adjacent communities within the region. This is encouraged for any project that might in any way impact Pace services and infrastructure, including projects that include on-site Pace facilities, abut corridors served by Pace, or significantly alter the potential for a local ridership market. Development projects can be enhanced by transit service that expands its market reach and enhances access for a broader range of potential users.

How do I participate?

If you have a development project that could impact existing bus services or benefit from better coordination with Pace, please contact the Pace Transportation Engineer. The Engineer is in charge of administering the DRAFT program and coordinating with other Pace staff as needed to properly assess the impacts of a development project.

What information do I need to provide?

Each project is unique, but generally, participants will be asked to provide design plans similar to what municipalities require for review by zoning, fire and public works staff. The intent of the DRAFT program is not to impose undue burdens on developers and designers, but rather to integrate Pace review in a manner that is as seamless and unobtrusive as possible.

How long does the process take?

The DRAFT process can vary depending on the complexity and scale of the project. However, Pace strives to complete review with the applicant within 3-4 weeks of submittal. Factors that impact the length of the review process include:

  • The scale of the portion of the proposed project that impacts transit facilities and services
  • The nature of existing transit service on and around the proposed project site
  • The planned future service characteristics on and around the proposed project site
  • The relationship between on-site transit facilities and other characteristics of the project
  • The magnitude of impacts the proposed project may have on existing or planned services and facilities (i.e. significant increases in population or traffic)