Illinois Route 53/120 Land Use Strategy

Lake County, Illinois

The Lakota Group led a multi-disciplinary team in conducting analysis and planning for the corridor surrounding the potential controversial new Illinois Route 53/120 toll road. The plan studied land use, economic development, transportation and natural resources in the corridor and suggested strategies for maximizing benefits of the tollway while minimizing impacts. This two-year process engaged leaders from 17 corridor municipalities, Lake County, and local environmental groups.

The Lakota Group did an outstanding job of managing the highly complex and politically charged IL Route 53/120 Land Use Strategy project in central Lake County, IL. As the lead consultant, Lakota was able to not only coordinate the work and individual tasks of its team members, but also to maintain a solid perspective on the big picture and overall goals of the project, while adhering to the project schedule and budget. I appreciate the high quality services and deliverables that Lakota consistently provides, and would not hesitate to hire them again.Jason Navota, Director of Local Planning, CMAP

The final document includes tools and recommendations to guide future land use decisions and encourages the formation of an intergovernmental agreement between the corridor municipalities to create consistency within the corridor and establish lines of communication to share information and resolve issues as a group.