Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

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The City of Chicago invites public comment on the City’s first ever Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD) Policy Plan. Please submit any comments to etod@cityofchicago.org by 5pm on October 29thOr if you would like to leave a voice message, please call 312.744.1400. 

Draft eTOD Policy Plan for Public Comment

The Chicago eTOD Policy Plan outlines a comprehensive set of actions for the City to take to advance racial equity, wealth building, public health and climate resilience goals through equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD). Recommendations were informed through a cross-sector engagement process and analysis of City programs, and an evaluation framework focused on outcomes, equity, and implementation criteria. In partnership with Elevated Chicago, an eTOD Work Group was created to engage over 70 stakeholders representing numerous City departments, community-based organizations, the private sector, philanthropies, and regional non-profit and governmental partners. The City is committed to an open, inclusive and transparent process and invites public comment on the Draft eTOD Policy Plan for 45 days. Please submit comments to etod@cityofchicago.org by 5pm on Thursday, October 29th.

Note: Additional accessible opportunities for engagement and public comment forthcoming.


What is Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Equitable TOD (eTOD) is development that enables all people regardless of income, race, ethnicity, age, gender, immigration status or ability to experience the benefits of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development near transit hubs. eTOD elevates and prioritizes investments and policies that close the socioeconomic gaps between neighborhoods that are predominately people of color and those that are majority white.  eTOD projects and processes elevate community voice in decision making processes and in realizing community-focused benefits such as affordable housing, public health, strong local businesses, and environmental sustainability, to name a few.  When centered on racial inclusion and community wealth building, eTOD can be a driver of positive transformation for more vibrant, prosperous, and resilient neighborhoods connected to opportunities throughout the city and region.