CMAP Weekly Update, 12-13-13
Other News and Announcements
LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:
- Congratulations to the Village of Park Forest, whose Growing Green: Park Forest Sustainability Plan received a Congress for the New Urbanism Illinois 2013 Charter Award for best town plan.
- CMAP's Ricardo Lopez and representatives from Enlace Chicago and the Pilsen Neighborhoods Community Council were on CAN-TV's Perspectivas Latinas program to describe the plan under development for Pilsen and Little Village. Led by the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development, the strategy will complement each community's long-term physical, socio-economic, and cultural goals, addressing a range of topics that may include open space, active transportation, economic development, and housing.
- DNA Info and Sinovision covered this week's Chinatown Community Vision Plan public meeting, which was attended by over 140 residents and stakeholders. Under development with the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community and 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, this is the neighborhood's first community-developed plan in over 100 years.
- Today is the last day for residents to provide input on a park master plan for the Lan-Oak Park District. Residents and stakeholders can provide feedback via on-line surveys for a number of other LTA projects currently underway -- a development regulations update for the Village of Park Forest (expires December 29), a comprehensive plan for the Village of Lyons (expires December 31), the first comprehensive plan for the Village of Rosemont since 1977 (expires January 15, 2014), a Kedzie corridor plan for Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood (expires mid-January), a multimodal transportation plan for the University of Illinois at Chicago (expires January 31), and the Planning for Progress initiative for Cook County (expires late January, also available in Spanish).
- The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) posted the second piece in its blog series on the Homes for a Changing Region program last week. Since 2011, CMAP has partnered with MPC and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on Homes projects through its LTA program. Learn about current projects on our website.
- The Daily Herald described ongoing efforts to spur development in Lakemoor, including the adoption of its new comprehensive plan.
- Secretary Shaun Donovan of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reflected on the first four years of its Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) with the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CMAP, which received an SCI grant from HUD to start our LTA program, is mentioned in the piece.
GCI panel. Last week I spoke on a panel about the future of regional transportation planning with CMAP Board member Frank Beal, among others, at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Cities Institute, which was described by Progress Illinois.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured an on-line survey developed by Archeworks' Good City Group to collect stories about travel in the City of Chicago and region. Results will help designers of multiple disciplines better understand the journeys people make, with a goal of finding ways to improve the travel experience.
New CMAP website. In case you missed it, last week we launched our new website, which includes improved navigation with more ways for CMAP to share and feature analysis, reports, and other information.
Performance-based funding. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.