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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-10-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of CMAP meetings, including the approval of State Capital Program Principles, CMAP's updated Strategic Plan and draft FY2014 Budget and Work Plan, an informational session for 2014 call for local projects, a new microsite on performance-based funding, and a new Policy Update on the Center for Neighborhood Technology's report on demographic change near our region's transit stations. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

First Off...

CMAP Board recap. The Board met on Wednesday and discussed and approved the State Capital Program Principles, which maintain that any new State capital program must be coupled with reform. Specifically, any new program: 1) must be funded through new user-fee generated revenues, 2) must move away from the 55/45 split and toward a performance-based funding system, and 3) must provide additional capital funding for both highways and transit. Staff also walked the Board through a new performance-based funding microsite that is covered in an item below. Finally, the agency's updated Strategic Plan was presented that links the recommendations and implementation action areas in GO TO 2040 to the priorities of the agency and five-year goals for implementation. This directly ties in to the draft FY 2014 Budget and Work Plan, that was presented for Board review, approval will be requested at the June meeting.

Prior to the Board meeting, the Local Coordinating Committee met and heard a presentation from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) on a proposal to establish Priority Development Areas (PDAs), voluntary geographic designations to align investments in transportation, housing, and jobs across agencies. CNT had made this presentation to all of the CMAP working committees, and CMAP staff will explore this concept in more detail as a project in next year's agency work plan. Staff provided an overview of the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment, which will be first presented in draft form to the Housing working committee later this month. Finally, the call for projects was announced last week, the next round of model plans, codes, and ordinances was presented, and the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program status update is available.

Call for local projects informational session. CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will hold an informational session on planning assistance and grants available for local projects across metropolitan Chicago this Wednesday, May 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. RSVP to Yesenia Ambriz ( or 312-386-8660) to attend in-person or via webinar. Applications for the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP LTA program are available at Proposed local planning projects should implement recommendations of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan.

Performance-based funding microsite. Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois. Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments in maintaining, modernizing, and expanding our roads, bridges, and transit. CMAP believes taxpayers will support transportation investments that improve their quality of life. To accomplish this, Illinois needs to lead the national effort to implement "performance-based funding" of highway and bridge projects. A new microsite focuses on how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making. A Policy Updates blog provides an overview of the microsite, including its compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

Policy Updates. We described a new CNT report on demographic change near the region's transit stations. We also covered recent news from Springfield, including activity around pension reform.

Other News and Announcements

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


  • The Courier-News described the latest Homes for Changing Region project. CMAP, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, is currently working with Carpentersville, East Dundee, Elgin, and West Dundee. Workshops will be held in each community throughout the month of June.
  • The City of Chicago Heights recently kicked off work to update its comprehensive plan. Stay up to date on the project's progress by visiting
  • The City of Berwyn and Berwyn Development Corporation are seeking resident feedback at on different signage and development options as they work to update the City's zoning ordinance. The update is recommended by the Berwyn Comprehensive Plan, which was unanimously adopted last fall.
  • WBEZ's the Morning Shift featured Bronzeville Community Development Partnership president Paula Robinson, who discussed recent efforts to establish Bronzeville as a National Heritage Area through the National Park Service.
  • My Suburban Life summarized the accomplishments of former Riverside Village President Michael Gorman as he stepped down from office this week. President Gorman, who is also a member of the CMAP Board, urged the Village Board and residents to implement the recently adopted Central Business District plan.

Manufacturing in the news. Marc J. Lane, chairman of the Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise, wrote an opinion piece in Crain's Chicago Business on opportunities to make the Chicago area a hub for manufacturing. The piece references our recent manufacturing cluster drill-down report.

CMAQ in the news. ABC 7 and CBS 2 described the recent expansion of Pace's Bus on Shoulder program to include new trips on routes 755 and 855. CBS 2 also covered new signs to help facilitate transfers between Metra, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and Pace services. Finally, Streetsblog Chicago described construction of the Englewood Flyover. All three projects are partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Red Line South Extension. The May 3 episode of the Chicago Reporter and Vocalo's "Barber Shop Show" covered upcoming CTA construction and its impact on riders, including work done in support of extending the CTA Red Line south to 130th Street. CMAP's LTA program, in collaboration with the Developing Communities Project (DCP) and the CTA, developed a livability report on the Red Line South Extension at The web page also features a video, outreach brochure, and map gallery.

Bike safety. Chicago Magazine has an important reminder that bike safety should matter to everyone, regardless of how they get around.

IDOT safety program. The Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting applications for FY2014 Local Rail/Highway Grade Crossing Safety Program. Applications are due July 15; contact Jason L. Johnson at 217-557-1399 with questions.

CCT anniversary. Congratulations to The Chicago Community Trust, which recently celebrated its 98th anniversary. A video of local students performing "Stand By Me" at iconic Chicago locations closed out last week's event.


PBS alert. On Sunday, May, 12, at 9:00 p.m., watch WTTW for "Ten Buildings that Changed America" by Geoffrey Baer. See


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog announced the call-for-projects for Bikes Belong's Community Partnership Grants. The blog also featured RTA's community guide to transit oriented development access and parking strategies.


Congestion pricing. Now is the time for our region to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around, as described at Several charts show estimated travel-time improvements on five GO TO 2040 projects. To support that effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

FLIP applications. Applications are available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The priority deadline for applications is May 31. 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.

Form-Based Codes Handbook. CMAP recently released Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, which offers an alternative to conventional zoning methods by emphasizing the physical character of development. Contact Stephen Ostrander ( or 312-386-8696).

Upcoming IDNR meetings. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Water Resources has partnered with CMAP and the Center for Neighborhood Technology on a water loss evaluation project to better understand challenges faced by public water supply operators. CMAP's Tim Loftus will describe the project at three upcoming INDR meetings (May 14, 15, and 22) that will discuss proposed changes to the rules and regulations governing Lake Michigan water allocations and allow for additional public comment.

WBC Logistics Hackathon. World Business Chicago and partners, including CMAP, will host a "Chicago Logistics Hackathon" on May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants will work with data to address regional transportation challenges, win cash prizes, and network with industry leaders. For more information, contact Meagan ( or 312-201-4531).

Next week: 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.





Berwyn zoning public kickoff meeting

Saturday, May 11, 2013

10:30 a.m. to noon

Havlicek Elementary School: 6401 15th Street, Berwyn

Hosted by the City of Berwyn, Berwyn Development Corporation, and CMAP

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Big Rock visual preference survey planning meeting

May 13, 2013

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Big Rock Fire Department: 48W863 E. 2nd Street, Big Rock

Hosted by the Village of Big, Kane County, and CMAP

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County Green

May 23, 2013

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

College of Lake County: 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake

Hosted by the College of Lake County

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