2019 Merit Award
Planning and Analysis
The Prairie View Metra Station Area covers 128 acres in the northern part of the Village of Buffalo Grove. Surrounded by underutilized parcels, unannexed land and untapped potential, the Village needed a framework to design a new destination – one that responds to traveler and resident needs as well as drives economic activity and a higher quality of life.
The process focused on making an authentic destination in Buffalo Grove by defining the critical elements that make up the Station Area and then drawing upon those elements to make a cohesive and legible environment that is attractive to investors and developers. The public engagement process provided a variety of methods to solicit input into the planning process, capturing a holistic understanding of the public’s needs, preferences, priorities and vision. The planning framework integrates future land use, economic development and multimodal transportation planning strategies. Buffalo Grove adopted the plan in 2019.