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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-19-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of this week's American Planning Association conference in Chicago, a new Policy Update on how the development of President Obama's FY14 budget proposal aligns with GO TO 2040, Cook County receives a $30 million HUD grant to encourage transit-oriented, mixed-use, and cargo-oriented development, and the Case Study Library now tracks completed LTA project with summaries and highlights. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.


First Off...

APA conference. Thanks to everyone who learned more about CMAP's efforts to implement GO TO 2040 at the American Planning Association's National Conference, which wrapped up this Wednesday. On April 16, CMAP received the National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency. Congratulations to all the other APA awardees, and thanks to the many CMAP partners who helped our region earn this special honor. During the APA session "Public Engagement on a Shoestring," CMAP's local planning outreach team was recognized for their efforts to support the Chinatown Community Vision Plan, Green Healthy Neighborhoods land use plan, and Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Crain's Chicago Business described the panel "Open Data in the Chicago Region," which included CMAP's Drew Williams-Clark and Greg Sanders.

Policy Updates. CMAP is monitoring the development of President Obama's budget proposal for federal Fiscal Year 2014 because federal investments and policy in transportation, economic development, and housing play a vital role in the implementation of GO TO 2040. The proposed budget includes a heavy emphasis on manufacturing, reflecting select recommendations from CMAP's manufacturing cluster drill-down report. We also featured new Complete Streets Design Guidelines from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). Finally, we described recent news from Springfield, including the release of the state's six-year $12.62 billion transportation program.

New BUILT fund. On Wednesday, Cook County announced a new $30 million loan guarantee program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The BUILT in Cook fund will encourage transit-oriented, mixed-use, and cargo-oriented development.


Other News and Announcements

LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:


CMAP in the news. GO TO 2040 and its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was referenced by the Twin Cities Daily Planet. The region's progress on meeting such targets is described in Moving Forward 2012, the second annual GO TO 2040 implementation report.

CMAQ in the news. The Kane County Chronicle described an upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Red Gate Bridge's lower-deck suspended bicycle and pedestrian bridge, which is partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Seed Chicago. Last week, World Business Chicago and the City of Chicago launched Seed Chicago in collaboration with Kickstarter. Through Seed Chicago, the public can contribute funding for small business and community projects that will create jobs and economic growth in the City. Since last week's launch, the Global Garden Bees 'n Seeds and Englewood Codes projects already reached their fundraising goals.

Census webinar. The U.S. Census Bureau will offer a free training webinar next week: Introduction to the American Community Survey (April 24, noon to 1:30 p.m. CT). Register on-line.

US SIF conference, training course. US SIF, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, will hold its annual conference, Finance for a Sustainable Future, on May 20-22 at the Westin River North in Chicago. The US SIF Foundation will also hold a training session for financial advisors and other professionals on May 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Morningstar (22 W. Washington St., Chicago) -- conference attendees are eligible for discounted registration.

BRT newsletter. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) released a newsletter on bus rapid transit this month, which features information on design competition for three stations in Chicago's planned BRT system. Today, the City of Chicago, CTA, and CDOT announced plans to further study BRT along a 16-mile stretch of Ashland Avenue between 95th Street and Irving Park Road following a year-long assessment of various BRT alternatives.

Illiana in the news. The Chicago Tribune described this week's open house, hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, for the proposed Illiana Expressway.




CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured an upcoming webinar, "Measuring Walkability: The Health Question." The blog also highlighted CDOT's Complete Streets Design Guidelines.



Congestion pricing campaign. Additional revenues from congestion pricing on the Elgin O'Hare Western Access could play an important role in filling the $300 million funding gap for that project, as described in our Policy Updates blog. Visit to learn more about congestion pricing. To support CMAP's efforts on this issue, please contact Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Form-Based Codes Handbook. CMAP recently released Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities. Form-based codes offer an alternative to conventional zoning methods by emphasizing the physical character of development. For more information, contact Stephen Ostrander ( or 312-386-8696).

FLIP final event and applications. On May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., students through CMAP's FLIP program will hold a Sustainability Fair at Rich East High School (300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest). Applications are also available for next year's FLIP program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

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.

Automation event. Manufacturing and production efficiency will be among topics emphasized at the Automation Conference on May 14-15 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare. Register on-line for this education and networking event, which is geared to automation professionals across all industries involved in processing, manufacturing, and packaging.

Stormwater utilities guide. A new CMAP publication describes how local governments can use stormwater utilities to address local flooding and drainage problems. For additional information on the publication, contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688).



FLIP Sustainability Fair
May 4, 2013
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Rich East High School: 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest
Hosted by the Village of Park Forest and CMAP
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