Lakefront District Master Plan

Conceptual master plan for increased development density around the Miller Station in Gary, Indiana. The study was funded by the Sustainable Communities Program through the EPA in response to a proposal to close the Miller train station. The study recommended a rail realignment and closure of a portion of State Route 12 in order to create a more viable transit hub and new opportunities for commercial development at the center of the Lakefront District. The proposal recommends a more intense development of the large commuter parking lot owned by the transit company, the introduction of street level retail and a complete reworking of the area around the station into a more pedestrian friendly environment.

The recommendations also address the character of the Route 20 corridor and called for a green infrastructure system along the roadway and the location of new development closer to the roadway in order to develop a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

The recommendations were translated into a set of form-based codes that are being incorporated into the city's zoning code as a pilot program with an eventual goal to apply the new codes city wide.


Gary, Indiana


Environmental Protection Agency / City of Gary, Indiana


Transportation orented development

Strategy to reconfigure existing infrastructure including rail realignments, and rerouting a State Highway.

Revisions to the city zoning regulations and a new form-based code pilot for this study area.

Conceptual street sections to accommodate multiple transportation modes

Strategies to integrate green infrastructure in the road right of way and on private parking areas

New Pedestrian zones / public open space easements at the train station.