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Libertyville adopts transit-oriented development plan

LIBERTYVILLE – The Libertyville Village Board unanimously adopted a new plan to further advance transit-oriented development in the downtown area surrounding its Metra station.

Partially funded by the Regional Transportation Authority, the plan recommends ways to improve rider access to public transportation while attracting residential and commercial development near the Metra station, according to a news release from the RTA.

“Downtown Libertyville is among the most desirable business districts in the region,” Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler said in a news release. “With the help of the RTA, this TOD plan will build on that success, adding enhancements to the area while maintaining the current character of our downtown.”

“The RTA’s partnership with Libertyville has resulted in a practical guide for the village as development opportunities arise near its Metra station,” Leanne Redden, RTA executive director, said in the release. “Suburban downtowns are growing, and these kind of plans help communities leverage their transit assets to their fullest potential.”

Funding for the $100,000 plan is made up of $80,000 from the RTA’s Community Planning program and $20,000 from the village.

This is one of many TOD planning and implementation projects funded through the RTA’s Community Planning Program. To date, the program has completed more than 100 TOD and implementation plans since the late 1990s using a combination of RTA, local and federal funds, totaling nearly $10 million.

For information about the RTA’s Community Planning Program, visit www.rtachicago.org/cp.

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