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CMAP Weekly Update, 1-18-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, the latest CMAP Housing Policy Update explores trends from the third quarter of 2012, a comment period on a propsed amendement to the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan, a new guidebook is available to help communities more sustainably mange their water supply, and a reminder for local sponsors to submit CMAQ applications to their Council of Mayors Planning liason by Tuesday, January 22. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.


First Off...

Policy Updates. The latest CMAP Housing Policy Update finds that, as of the third quarter of 2012, new residential development in the region is on the rise, while existing home values are still showing the recession's effects. Metropolitan Chicago is trailing other regions in terms of both housing value recovery and new residential permits. We also described a new report on the economic impacts of inadequate investment in infrastructure.

GO TO 2040 comment period. CMAP seeks comment on a proposed amendment to the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. The plan would be amended by adding the Circle Interchange project and updating the plan's description of the Prairie Parkway project. The 30-day comment period lasts from January 18 to February 18, 2013. In addition, a conformity amendment to the FFY 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been released for comment through February 18, 2013. See the CMAP website for a description of conformity. To comment on either the GO TO 2040 or TIP amendments, please write to CMAP, ATTN Plan and TIP amendments, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, IL, 60606. Comments can also be made via e-mail or phone (312-454-0400).

Full-cost water pricing. CMAP, in partnership with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, developed the Full-Cost Water Pricing Guidebook for Sustainable Community Water Systems. This resource can help communities more sustainably manage their water supply. GO TO 2040 recommends full-cost water pricing to address both the need for investment in water infrastructure and the challenge of accommodating millions more residents by mid-century. For additional information, contact Margaret Schneemann ( or 312-676-7456).

Congestion pricing campaign. CMAP's computer-model analysis demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times. If implemented on five new GO TO 2040 construction projects, express-lane drivers during the morning rush would reach their destinations 31 to 66 percent quicker, at a modest additional cost. Learn more at To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or


Other News and Announcements

LTA updates. On January 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Village of Elburn will hold an open house for its draft comprehensive plan at the Elburn Lions Club (500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn). The project is funded with a Local Technical Assistance (LTA) grant. Read more at the Elburn Herald.

Infill roundtable. The Metropolitan Planning Council and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chicago will host "Cook County Land Bank: Returning vacant land to productive use" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (191 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 3700, Chicago). Registration is $15 for members and $30 for others.

Airports and infrastructure event. On February 8 from 7:45 a.m. to noon, ULI Chicago will hold "Airports, Infrastructure Investment, and the Built Environment" at the Ridgemoor Country Club (6601 W. Gunnison Street, Harwood Heights). The event is for elected officials, members of the development community, business and government leaders, and more to explore innovative financing and development opportunities around the O'Hare Modernization Program and the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access project.

CDOT community briefings. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting a series of community briefings between January 29 and February 7 to share its draft Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines and Policies and seek public input. CMAP will host a briefing on January 31 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago).


CMAP Blogs

Green Signals. CMAP's transportation operations blog informed readers of an upcoming operations and construction coordination meeting.

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured an Ohio Department of Transportation report on how large, urban school districts can develop comprehensive, district-wide School Travel Plans. We also highlighted a study investigating pedestrian and bicyclist risk at roundabouts in Minnesota.



Stormwater utilities. A new CMAP publication describes how local governments can use stormwater utilities to address local flooding and drainage problems. We will soon mail it to all municipalities, counties, and legislators. For additional information, contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688).

CMAQ Program call for projects. CMAP is currently accepting applications for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). Local sponsors (municipalities, counties, park districts, forest preserve districts, etc.) must submit an application to their Council of Mayors planning liaison by January 22, 2013. The deadline to submit all applications to CMAP is February 8, 2013. Visit our main CMAQ page for more details. Local sponsors should direct questions to their planning liaison, and all other sponsors should contact Doug Ferguson (

RTA strategic plan. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is updating the region's Transit Strategic Plan, which will guide decision making over the next five years. Through January 25, you can provide input by taking a 10-minute survey.

EI2 rebates. Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.



Waukegan planning focus groups
January 22-24, 2013
Multiple locations
Hosted by the City of Waukegan and CMAP
More information

Single-Family Rental Housing: Managing the Next Step of the Foreclosure Crisis
January 30, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: 230 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago
Hosted by the Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative, the Home Ownership Preservation Initiative, and CMAP's Housing Committee
More information

Urban Street Design Training
February 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
CMAP: 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by the Congress for New Urbanism and CMAP
Early registration ends January 14


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