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Evaluating Just Transit-Oriented Development Planning in the Community of Jefferson Park, Chicago

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posted on 2023-05-26, 15:53 authored by Ismail Alimovski

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a specialized planning framework used for coordinating land-use around transit stations. A common approach with TOD is to promote a heterogenous mix of land-uses along with design upgrades to support smart growth and increased transit access (Cervero, 2004). This does not mean that public officials should simply change density guidelines to increase ridership. To achieve optimal success, scholars have determined that planners should take the opportunity to create a community-lead and focused comprehensive plan. Defining a community’s relationship to local infrastructure requires planners to be mindful of whether the bureaucratic process they follow is actually achieving or missing the true ‘collective vision’ (Forester, 1982; Baum, 1983). Therefore, the purpose of this Major Research Project is evaluating current literature as well as the progress of an ongoing TOD plan to create a concise strategy for just TOD planning practice. Moreover, this paper will provide suggestions for actions that the community could follow to support civic engagement. 

This paper looks at the current progress of the Jefferson Park Community Master Plan (2018), a TOD plan for the respective community on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. This site was chosen due to its history as a commuter suburb and its prime location as a transit hub on the outskirts of the city. The respective hub services all of the region’s transit agencies, is divided by high-volume freeway, and has a strong community network involved in local affairs. First, I consult existing literature and articles to determine the best practices for enabling Just TOD in this community. Second, I conduct a study examining whether the plan’s proposed actions are being implemented in reality. I then propose a new set of values, action items and a community hub that further achieves the community-oriented vision that the plan focuses on. 





  • Master of Planning


  • Urban Development

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • MRP

Thesis Advisor

Dr. Matthias Sweet