This team of professional firms has successfully worked with numerous communities, as well as public and private entities to develop plans for mixed-use neighborhoods, commercial areas and corridors, downtowns, greenways and park systems and residential neighborhoods. They are beginning to collect and receive data, engage stakeholders in discussions, inventory land uses and observe physical conditions in order to gain an understanding of the area’s context.

The process has been organized into three phases:

Phase I: State of the Corridor/Neighborhoods
 Phase 1 includes a comprehensive review and analysis of existing conditions, as well as the start of community engagement activities that will garner important background information on critical planning and community development issues facing the neighborhoods within the study area. The culmination of Phase 1 will be the completion of the State of the Corridor/Neighborhoods Report, which will summarize key land use, urban design, multi-modal transportation, housing and infrastructure issues and opportunities.
Phase II: Community Visioning

During Phase 2, the team will collaborate with City of Rockford leaders, the project steering committee and community stakeholders, to generate a range of strategies and concepts for neighborhood and commercial district revitalization, corridor development, urban/sustainable design enhancements, site and street design and greenways/ open space improvements and connections. These ideas will be generated by the community through an additional community workshop. From this idea exchange, a series of planning concepts and strategies addressing the key components of the overall interchange reconfiguration will evolve that address community sustainability, a balanced land use pattern, quality housing, an efficient and accessible transportation system and visually appealing physical environment.

To go beyond basic land use thinking and to assist the target neighborhoods to visualize physical improvements and development potential in critical sub-areas, Lakota will prepare planning/design studies using a its “Mid-Min-Max” approach, which involves developing multiple concepts to help community leaders and residents visualize the physical scale, character and context of potential improvements and development.

Corridor/Neighborhood Master Plan + Implementation Strategies
In the final phase, the TranSystems and Lakota team will prepare drafts of the Corridor/Neighborhood Master Plan with complete and thorough recommendations for planning actions that meet established sustainability goals established by the community through the planning process. Just as important, the team will develop comprehensive, detailed implementation strategies that not only include steps and actions the municipality must take, but also key roles and responsibilities for other organizations and entities in plan implementation. Implementation strategies may also be illustrated with specific case studies from other communities that have successfully addressed critical planning, transportation and sustainability issues. It is understood that effective implementation actions are key to achieving important benchmarks in community sustainability and quality of life.