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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-31-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of CMAP meetings, including the Daily Herald's Marni Pyke on CMAP's proposal for "performance-based funding," the latest Housing Policy Update examines rental multifamily housing development trends in the CMAP region, Will County Governmental League is the latest group to support congestion pricing, and the Northlake City Council unanimously adopts its comprehensive plan. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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Performance-based funding.  The Daily Herald's Marni Pyke described CMAP proposal for "performance-based funding" of highway and bridge projects in Illinois.  As described in our new microsite, improved transparency and data-based decision making are needed to ensure that transportation investments yield broader economic and quality-of-life benefits.  The CMAP Policy Updates blog provides an overview, including a compendium of related CMAP research and analysis. 

Policy Updates.  Our latest Housing Policy Update examines rental multifamily housing development trends in the CMAP region.  Since 2000, construction of large new multifamily rental buildings has been relatively concentrated in the City of Chicago. During 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, however, new multifamily rental permits and construction shifted outward into suburban areas of the region. This trend is projected to continue for the next several years.  In this week's Springfield Snapshot, we summarized recent activity from the General Assembly, which is scheduled to conclude its spring session today. 

Congestion pricing campaign.  Last week the Will County Governmental League became the latest group to pass a resolution in support of congestion pricing.  To join CMAP's efforts on this issue, please contact Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Reminder: Call for local projects.  Planning assistance and grants for local projects that implement GO TO 2040 are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program at  Applications are due Wednesday, June 26 at noon.  An informational session was held on May 15, and the presentation is available on-line.  Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Erin Aleman ( or 312-386-8816).  Eligible projects include those that utilize resources from our Local Ordinances and Toolkits Program, such as Parking Strategies to Support Livable Communities and our Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities.  

Other News and Announcements

Gold Quill Awards.  CMAP, in partnership with the consultants Cultural Communications, LLC. and NuStats, was recognized for its 2012 Latino Travel Tracker Survey with two awards from the International Association of Business Communicators: a Gold Quill Award of Merit for community relations and a Gold Quill Award of Excellence for innovative research.  Findings from the survey will be available on our website later this summer. 

LTA program.  Among recent highlights from the CMAP LTA program:

EOWA update.  House Joint Resolution 9, which authorizes the Illinois Tollway to build the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project, was adopted last week. The EOWA is one of five new major capital projects recommended in GO TO 2040

Divvy bike share. Chicago's new bike share program Divvy is now accepting members -- a limited number of "founding memberships" are currently available.  The bike share program, which is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, has been covered by Crain's Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Streetsblog this week. 

CMAQ in the news.  The Active Transportation Alliance's spring newsletter highlighted the extension of the North Branch Trail, which is partially funded through CMAQ.  The newsletter also features a summary of their February summit, where I spoke about transit funding. 

Waste panel.  The Delta Institute and Graham School's Leadership in Sustainability Management Certification Program at the University of Chicago are co-hosting a panel, "Reimagining Waste: Extracting Value from the Waste Stream" on June 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gleacher Center (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago). 

Grant management class. Grant Writing USA and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy will host a grant management class on June 24-25 at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy (2000 N. 5th Avenue, River Grove).

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes.  CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured a report on rectangular rapid flashing beacons and sequencing of pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHB), both of which are used to improve safety at pedestrian crossings.  We also highlighted a Smart Growth America / National Complete Streets Coalition survey of the "best Complete Streets policies of 2012."


FLIP applications.  Applications are still 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 final deadline for applications is September 23.  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.

ArcGIS workshops.  CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and dates are set for August 28 to 29, October 2 to 3, November 6 to 7, and December 18 to 19.  Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early.  The cost is $350.  To register, please contact Jan Drennan (


East Dundee Homes workshop
June 10, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Village Hall Annex:  120 Barrington Ave., East Dundee
Hosted by the Village of East Dundee, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
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Carpentersville Homes workshop
June 11, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public Works Building:  1075 Tamarac Drive, Carpentersville
Hosted by the Village of Carpentersville, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
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West Dundee Homes workshop
June 18, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public Safety Center II:  100 Carrington Drive, West Dundee
Hosted by the Village of West Dundee, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
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Elgin Homes workshop
June 19, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Centre Heritage Ballroom:  100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Hosted by the City of Elgin, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
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Water 2050 workshop:  Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Systems
June 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus:  19351 W. Washington Street, Room TEC T323, Grayslake
Hosted by CMAP, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and partners
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