FLIP deadline extended
CMAP has extended the deadline for high school students to apply to the Summer 2017 Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program to Friday, June 9.
Each summer FLIP teens from across the region learn about urban planning, solve real-world problems, take field trips, and get involved with issues that will shape the future. The 2017 week-long summer program will focus on how to plan for Alternative Futures
that could affect our region, including issues such as changed climate
and innovative transportation
Local high school students looking for an enriching experience can learn about the program
and watch a behind-the-scenes video
from previous students in the program. Encourage a high school student you know to apply soon.
Housing strategy paper released
Read CMAP's latest ON TO 2050 strategy paper, Expanding Housing Choice, which identifies ways to help communities and the region provide the types of housing residents demand. The paper highlights research, education, planning, and funding strategies that CMAP should continue or expand, as well as needed activities that would be better suited for regional partners to implement and lead. For more information, contact Jonathan Burch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8620.)
Read more about housing choice.
What if more people choose walkable, mixed-use communities by 2050?
As our Alternative Futures
public engagement campaign continues, we want to hear from you. Take survey
about Walkable Communities
to let us know what you think about the trend of more people wanting to live in mixed-use communities with easy access to shops and amenities. Knowing your preferences and priorities will help us plan for this future. CMAP will carefully consider all input while drafting ON TO 2050, the region's next comprehensive plan, which is scheduled for adoption in October 2018.
Planning in the news
CMAQ in the news
WREX TV in Rockford covered the start of construction of a bus-on-shoulder project on the Edens Expressway, announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program partially funded this project.
Chicago region in 2050
WTTW reported on the Alternative Futures campaign going on now through August.
Soles and Spokes
A U.S. Department of Transportation report outlines why and how to apply design flexibility in creating multimodal transportation networks. A research report from the Arup firm highlights social, economic, environmental, and political benefits of walkable communities. The Federal Highway Administration updated its webpage on bicycle and pedestrian funding sources to account for the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
Call for Projects now open
The 2017 Call for Projects
for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning programs is now open, and applications
are due by Thursday, June 29. Download the program guide
to see how your community can benefit from assistance.
Regional Housing Initiative
has helped develop affordable housing in 22 communities around the region and is now accepting developer applications
for 2017. Developers also interested in applying for the Illinois Housing Development Authority's low-income tax credits
should contact Jonathan Burch (email@example.com
or 312-386-8690) to set up an informational interview by Friday, June 2, and apply by Friday, June 23.
Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
TIP conformity public comment
The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a special conformity analysis of GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program
(TIP) for public comment. The analysis incorporates the preferred alternative for IDOT's project on I-290. This analysis is part of the process for the Federal Highway Administration to issue a Record of Decision on the project. Comment on the analysis
, or phone (312-386-8717) through Tuesday, May 30.
North Lawndale Conference
now for the second annual Planning Conference hosted by CMAP and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council on Saturday, June 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at DRW College Prep (931 S. Homan Ave., Chicago). A community resource fair starts at 10:00 a.m. The conference will continue work on the North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan
Around the region
McHenry County Active Communities Forum
The McHenry County Active Communities Forum will be held on Friday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Centegra Huntley Hospital (Foglia Conference Room A, 10400 Haligus Rd., Huntley). Speakers will discuss how to integrate land use and transportation to promote a healthy and active community. Lunch will be provided at the free event. Registration
Applications are due Monday, July 10, for Chi-Cal Rivers Fund grants
from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to reduce stormwater runoff, enhance habitat, and improve public access along major waterways in Chicago and the Calumet region.
Planning in Pullman
The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center highlighted
the Pullman National Monument, including CMAP's efforts to partner with the National Parks Conservation Association to create a Pullman Transportation Plan
for the area.
Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Open House
Arlington Heights Village Hall,
33 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60065
June 1, 2017
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
North Lawndale Planning Conference
DRW College Prep
931 S. Homan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
June 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility
Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick Tribune Campus Center
3201 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
June 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.