I’m a developer,
and I want to know…

…How the Design Guidelines relate to me.

Developers invest throughout the Chicago region in the hopes creating projects that generate profit and have some positive impact on the local landscape. Increasingly, transit-supportive development is proving to be a sound investment. These Design Guidelines will help developers understand the critical components of design that will satisfy the goals of a community interested in providing housing, commercial and employment options for its citizens. Even when principles included in the Guidelines are not required by local development regulations, developers are encouraged to utilize them as a resource for providing unique places that respond to a specific growing market.

…My role in implementing the Design Guidelines.

Developers may implement the Guidelines in a number of different ways. In some instances, communities may adopt some of the principles into their local regulations. In other cases, they may be used as an advisory document. Regardless of the procedural context, developers are responsible for reviewing the guidelines and ensuring that designers and engineers utilize them in project design. They are also responsible for exploring funding mechanisms that reward the use of transit-supportive development in order to accomplish goals that go beyond the vision for one specific development.

…What parts of the Design Guidelines I should focus on.

Developers should read and understand the entire set of design guidelines. Because they are responsible for the implementation of a development from start to finish, it is important that developers understand the benefits of transit supportive development, the procedures by which they are administered from one community to another, and the specific design principles that impact infrastructure, land use, site design, and building design.