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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-15-16

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CMAP meetings recap.  The CMAP Board met on Wednesday and unanimously gave approval for staff to implement a structure of dues to reduce our agency's reliance on the state to match federal funding.  Staff also gave a legislative update on bills regarding municipal government consolidation and state funding of metropolitan planning organizations.  Finally, Board member Peter Skosey of the Metropolitan Planning Council spoke about their initiative to increase funding for the region's transportation system.
Transportation funding.  A Daily Herald editorial lends qualified support to the possibility of raising revenue for infrastructure through a tax on vehicle miles traveled (VMT).  In news coverage, the Herald covered VMT as a way to avoid raising the motor fuel tax (MFT).  GO TO 2040 recommends finding alternatives to the MFT, as described in this CMAP policy statement from 2015.
Eisenhower.  Pioneer Press (part of Trib Local) described IDOT plans to widen I-290, along with arterial improvements.

ON TO 2050 survey.  Add your thoughts to the development of ON TO 2050 by taking an interactive online survey at through June 13, 2016.  CMAP wants input from throughout the region about the challenges that residents face as well as the opportunities they see in their communities.  Once you take the survey, please help us by spreading the word to colleagues, family, and friends and anyone else who wants to be a part of the development of the next regional comprehensive plan.

More ON TO 2050 engagement.  Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Lake County and the Illinois Facilities Fund for partnering with CMAP to add regional planning and the ON TO 2050 plan development to their discussions.  Last week, CMAP had the opportunity to engage and gather input from 113 students last week on topics related to ON TO 2050 including climate resilience and green infrastructure at the 2016 South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium Student Sustainability Fair at South Suburban College.  We look forward to upcoming workshops with the Visit McHenry County board of directors and the Heartland Alliance.  To arrange an ON TO 2050 workshop with your community group, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802) and visit the CMAP Partners Toolkit for information to share in newsletters.  If you can't attend a workshop, share your #2050BigIdeas with us on Twitter (@ONTO2050) and Facebook or email us directly at

FASTLANE. This week IDOT applied for a U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant through a new competitive freight program established by the FAST Act, requesting $110 million in federal support for three highway-rail grade separation projects. Located on the south and southwest sides of Chicago, all three grade-separation projects -- GS9 on Archer Avenue, GS11 on Columbus Avenue, and GS21a on 95th Street -- are prioritized improvements in the CREATE rail program. CREATE is a regional priority identified in GO TO 2040, and CMAP is a co-applicant to the FASTLANE program. Read more in Crain's.
Townships.  The Herald covered the potential of township road districts being consolidated with municipal governments, mentioning a 2014 CMAP Policy Update analysis of potential savings from consolidation.

Local Technical Assistance

An update for all LTA projects is now available. To date, 129 projects have been completed, and 43 are fully underway. 

DNAInfo Chicago previewed this Saturday's planning conference in North Lawndale to kickoff development of a neighborhood plan.

There will be four public meetings for the draft vision of Great Rivers Chicago initiative throughout April and May. CMAP is assisting the initiative's community engagement efforts.

Congratulations to the Village of Park Forest on the Complete Streets Coalition ranking of the Village's Complete Streets Policy third in the U.S. for 2015.  Through implementation of Park Forest's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, CMAP helped draft the policy.

Other News and Announcements

CMAQ in the news.  The Chicago Tribune described the City of Chicago's plans to build more protected bike lanes in 2016 through the Streets for Cycling project and Divvy offering free bike rides for Earth Day on Friday, April 22.  Streets for Cycling and Divvy have received partial funding through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality and Improvement program.

Soles and Spokes.  This week, we featured the Chicagoland Complete Streets Coalition's upcoming workshop, which will include a keynote speech and walking tour by national planning and transportation expert, Mark Fenton.  We highlighted the Federal Highway Administration solicitation of information and ideas for the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative.  Finally, a reminder that the U.S. DOT is now accepting applications for the eighth round of TIGER grants, which have funded major bicycle and pedestrian projects. Applications are due by Friday, April 29.

Fair housing and rental regulations.  The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will host "Fair Housing and Municipal Rental Regulation Programs -- What do I need to know?" on Thursday, April 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the MMC offices (233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago).  The training is specifically geared to local municipal staff who implement, oversee, or enforce their jurisdiction's crime free or nuisance property ordinance.  This will be an interactive discussion regarding these ordinances and suggested tools to regulate the conditions and operation of rental housing as it relates to fair housing. RSVP to Allison Milld Clements ( 312-201-4507).

Watershed planning meeting.  The Lake County Stormwater Commission will host a public meeting for the Des Plaines Watershed on Thursday, April 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Central Permit Facility (500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville).  RSVP to Darcy McNeill (

Transit access improvement program.  The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is holding a call for projects for the Access to Transit Improvement Program.  Program details and the application guide are available on the RTA website.  An information session will be held on Friday, April 29, at 9:30am at the RTA (175 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1650, Chicago) and applications are due October 20.

On the Table 2016.  All residents of metropolitan Chicago are encouraged to join The Chicago Community Trust for On the Table, a series of conversations across the region, on Tuesday, May 10.  This year's theme: creating a more unified region.  CMAP will be hosting an On the Table conversation with its Citizens Advisory Committee, and we encourage our partners to register to host a conversation, and select CMAP as the partner organization.  The Trust will provide registrants with a toolkit and resources to guide the conversation.
Greenest Region Compact 2.  The Environment Committee of the MMC has studied environmental priorities of our member communities and engaged many partners to create the Greenest Region Compact 2 (GRC2) and companion GRC2 framework.  The compact includes high-level goals in all areas of sustainability and is relevant to communities of all sizes and  GRC2 is helpful in helping communities who wish to prepare their own sustainability plans.  For more information, contact Edith Makra, MMC Director of Environmental Initiatives, ( or 312-201-4506).

Transit oriented development workshops.  The Center for Neighborhood Technology and Enterprise Community Partners will host the first workshop for eTOD Laboratory on Thursday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago).  The Laboratory is a suite of workshops, trainings, and a data-driven tool to develop and share equitable TOD solutions for a variety of neighborhood contexts.  Registration is open through May 18 and space is limited.

MWRD open house and tours.  The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will host an open house and tours on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at water reclamation plants throughout the region to celebrate Infrastructure Week.  For more information, contact or 312-751-6633.

Work zone safety.  This week marked the start of construction season, and Illinois Department of Transportation has resources available on the importance of driving safely through work zones at

Municipal code enforcement.  MMC has partnered with STR and Ancel Glink to launch The Administrative HUB by STR -- a software program that can help Chicago area municipalities combat nuisance vacant properties.  The program was based on a pilot project sponsored by MMC that demonstrated the value of filing higher priority liens and sharing costs to recover expenses associated with vacant property across several south suburban jurisdictions.  To learn more, please see the MMC website or contact Allison Milld Clements ( or 312-201-4507).


Municipal survey.  CMAP's 2016 municipal survey is now available.  The biennial survey of municipal governments helps CMAP to identify the types of technical assistance projects that are provided through the CMAP LTA program, inform policy analysis of such topics as transportation funding and management, and track the implementation of GO TO 2040 by updating indicators of progress.  CMAP will accept responses through April 29.

2016 FLIP applications due May 2.  CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is accepting applications for its 2016 summer program.  FLIP engages local high school students who would like to learn about planning and contribute to a better future for the region.  This summer the program will meet for six days total over two weeks in July.  Please share a behind-the-scenes video of FLIP, along with the PDF application or online application form to students in the CMAP region.  Questions can be sent to Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766) or Marisa Prasse ( or 312-386-8670).

Bicycle usage survey.  Residents of northeastern Illinois can provide input on bicycle usage at  CMAP will use this input to develop an analysis tool to help better determine the relative benefits of implementing different types of bicycle improvements.

ITEP applications.  IDOT has issued a call for applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP).  The program provides funding for community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the state's transportation infrastructure. IDOT will accept ITEP applications beginning on Monday, May 2, and ending on Friday, June 17.

PBS series on built environment.  WTTW is featuring a four-part series about 10 buildings, homes, parks, and towns that changed America. The programs, hosted by Geoffrey Baer, air nationally through the month of April.



Pilsen/Little Village Resident Service Fair
April 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
>Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago
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North Lawndale Community Planning Conference

April 16, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DRW College Prep, 931 S. Homan Ave., Chicago
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Great Rivers Chicago: Far South Spring Public Meeting
April 21, 2016
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Rowan Park Fieldhouse, 11546 S. Ave. L, Chicago
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Fair Housing and Municipal Rental Regulation Programs -- What do I need to know?
April 28, 2016
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
MMC, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago

Great Rivers Chicago: North Side Spring Public Meeting
May 4, 2016
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Horner Park Fieldhouse, 2741 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago
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Great Rivers Chicago: Des Plaines Spring Public Meeting
May 11, 2016
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Dunning Library, 7455 W. Cornelia Ave., Chicago
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eTOD Laboratory workshop
May 19, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
CMAP, 233 South Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago
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