Alternative Futures campaign concludes
On Wednesday, CMAP executive director Joe Szabo addressed the City Club of Chicago, describing public feedback from our five-month engagement phase
and previewing anticipated recommendations
of the ON TO 2050 plan. In addition to the Club's video
, WGN Radio has made audio
In October, CMAP will publish the ON TO 2050 Preview Report, with an appendix summarizing results of the engagement, which reached more than 30,000 people who attended events (including 127 workshops and five larger forums), over 48,000 who interacted with the kiosks, and more than 8,000 who visited the plan's web pages (including surveys and videos). This phase is wrapping up today with one final workshop, hosted by Access Living
Infill and TOD
CMAP's latest snapshot report explores how growth since 2000 has altered our region's opportunities for Infill and TOD (transit oriented development). ON TO 2050 will build on GO TO 2040's recommendation to focus new development where infrastructure -- particularly transit -- already exists. And like its predecessor, the new plan will also acknowledge that not all of the region's new development can or should be infill, as described in our very recent Lands in Transition strategy paper.
Public comment for CMAQ, TAP-L, and TIP through September 4
Transit Ridership Growth Study
Data from the past few years indicate that the region is not on track to reach the transit ridership goals
set forth by GO TO 2040. CMAP's new Transit Ridership Growth Study
evaluates what would need to occur to reach these ridership goals, including transit capital investments and policy changes related to parking, roadway pricing, and land use. For example, increasing the number of jobs located near transit would attract a relatively high number of new transit riders compared with other potential interventions.
Fox River Corridor Plan public meeting
My Daily Travel
In August, CMAP began a pilot study for the My Daily Travel
survey, which will collect information about how and when residents get around the region. We will test the survey with about 600 households; between March 2018 and May 2019, the broader survey will collect information from approximately 12,000 households. The data will help build a complete picture of local and regional transportation needs, so decision makers can effectively recommend where to make improvements.
ON TO 2050 outreach
Planning in the news
Amid this past week's awful destruction, attention has been called to some prior analysis
by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune on the Houston region's potential for resilience in light of such a natural disaster.
Mundelein pedestrian overpass
The Village of Mundelein is moving ahead with plans for a pedestrian overpass
near its Metra station, with funding provided in part through CMAQ
The Chicago Tribune
reported on the dispute over a sidewalk in south suburban Burnham where five railway tracks raise safety concerns about filling in the gap of the Burnham Greenway bike and pedestrian trail.
Sales tax revenue
The Daily Herald
examined the food and beverage tax that will go into effect in January in Downers Grove and the community's sales tax rebate program, citing a CMAP Policy Update
on the prevalence of such programs in our region.
Housing for veterans
A new 67-unit apartment complex for veterans, Hope Manor Joliet, opened this week. Operating revenue for the facility is provided in part through the Regional Housing Initiative
, which supports affordable and mixed-income housing in opportunity areas. Read more in the Trib
Around the region
American Planning Association (APA) conference
As part of the conference, a day-long Plan Commissioner Training
session will be offered on Thursday, September 14. Commissioners will learn the essential elements of creating and maintaining an efficient and productive plan process and participate in a mock public hearing. Register here
TODrinks will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hotel Indigo. Conference registration is not required.
The National Alliance for Preservation Commissions will present a Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) on Saturday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the McLean County Museum of History (200 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL). Register online
Vision Zero Chicago
Vision Zero Chicago, a program from the City of Chicago that focuses on eliminating death and serious injury from traffic crashes by 2026, is holding several public open meetings
on the West Side of Chicago.
Jefferson Park Park(ing) Day
Jefferson Park Forward (JPF) is participating in Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Park Transit Center (4917 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago). For information, visit Facebook
or the JPF website
STIP and MYP Open House
IDOT is seeking input on its upcoming FY2018-21 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and its FY2019-24 Proposed Highway Improvement Program (MYP). A public meeting
will be held for District 3 at the District 3 office (700 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa) on Tuesday, September 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Comments can also be emailed to DOT.OPPMYPOutreach@illinois.gov
through September 15.
Inclusion in planning and architecture
Join the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) and Chicago Architecture Foundation on Friday, September 15, for "Inclusion in Architecture: Getting beyond the Pipeline Development," a panel discussion about increasing inclusion in planning and architecture beginning with K-12 students and beyond. The event will be from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. at the APA offices (205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago). Register today
for this and other sessions during AAO's Design Matters Conference
September 14-16 in Chicago.
CNU IL 10: Mind the (Housing) Gap
for a one-day event in Oak Park on Friday, September 22, 2017, hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism to discuss how small-scale, locally motivated, and incremental development can address equitable housing. The program includes panel discussions, a keynote presentation, a walking tour, and a pecha kucha. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
2017 APA-IL State Conference
Hotel Indigo and Naperville Municipal Center
120 Water St.
Naperville, IL 60540
September 13-15, 2017
2017 UIC Urban Forum
UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
September 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake Open House
Crystal Lake City Hall
100 W. Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
September 18, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Fox River Corridor Plan public meeting
Lake Barrington Village Hall
23860 N. Old Barrington Rd.
Barrington, IL 60010
September 21, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.