Smart Growth in Older Communities

One of CNT’s most exciting new projects is a public planning project to draw community benefits from undervalued transit and freight assets in Cook County suburbs. The two communities that have signed agreements with CNT for an integrated planning process are Blue Island and Harvey.

CNT’s team draws on studies of comparable projects, market research, and GIS analysis of transportation assets and proposed development areas in the participating communities. Community leaders, local government, and volunteers are working with the team to shape a vision for future development based on existing and future transportation assets, market trends and local needs and choices. CNT and its consultants employ a variety of survey, analytical, consensus-building, and urban planning techniques to develop a deep and rich understanding of local conditions and preferences so the report will reflect local values.

The final report, once adopted by the community, will be used to solicit proposals from developers that specifically respond to the community’s vision.

Smart Growth in Older Communities is supported with funds from Chase Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation, and Union Pacific Foundation.

Background and Documentation

Smart Growth in Older Communities Study:

Blue Island Project:

Harvey Project:

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