CMAP Weekly Update, 9-20-13
Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, applications for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning high school leadership development program are due this Monday, September 23, a new quarterly municipal newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities launched on September 20, and highlights from the Local Technical Assistance program, including a new survey for the Chinatown Community Vision Plan. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.
FLIP: Applications due MONDAY. Applications for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program are due Monday, September 23. FLIP gets young people involved in the issues that shape our region. Please encourage high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply. Contact Ricardo Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8766).
Muni-Blast. CMAP launched a new quarterly newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities today. The first "e-blast" briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement livability recommendations from the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. To be added to that distribution, contact Justine Reisinger (email@example.com or 312-386-8802).
Other News and Announcements
LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:
- The University of Illinois at Chicago is developing a multimodal transportation plan based on recommendations from its 2010 Campus Master Plan in partnership with the Active Transportation Alliance and CMAP. For updates, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta/uic.
- The Village of Bensenville will hold a visioning meeting for the development of its comprehensive plan on October 3 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at its Village Hall (12 S. Center Street, Bensenville).
- Residents can provide feedback on the Chinatown Community Vision Plan via English and Chinese surveys through September 30. Now under development with the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community and 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, this is the first community-developed plan for the neighborhood in over 100 years.
- The Lincolnwood Review described efforts underway to evaluate the redevelopment potential of the Devon Avenue corridor between McCormick Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. The Urban Land Institute Chicago held a two-day Technical Assistance Panel last week to study the corridor in partnership with the Village of Lincolnwood, City of Chicago, and CMAP.
- On October 5, the Village of South Elgin will hold a "pop-up" meeting to discuss the development of its bicycle and pedestrian plan at the 2013 Harvest Hustle, which begins at 8:00 a.m. along the Fox River Trail.
- The Bugle highlighted the bicycle and pedestrian plan under development in Niles, which held its first "Bike Niles" event on September 14. The plan will help implement the Niles Environmental Action Plan.
Case studies library. The Village of Addison faces unique commercial and housing challenges due to its diversifying and aging population. Its comprehensive plan, developed through the LTA program, recommends policies and programs that will support revitalization of the community's retail sector, as well as improve housing diversity. The Village is currently updating its building code to encourage residential rehabilitation. The GO TO 2040 case studies library highlights implementation activities for other completed LTA projects, as well as local examples of work that support recommendations from the comprehensive regional plan. For more, contact Lindsay Bayley (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8826).
CMAP media tip sheet. CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on new Community Data Snapshots for the region's 284 municipalities and seven counties, toolkits to plan for climate change and the arts, a recent freight-manufacturing nexus report, and more.
CMAQ in the news. Suburban Life described a new commuter parking lot under development in downtown Glen Ellyn. The project is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.
ArcGIS workshop. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop. One seat is available for the October 2 to 3 workshop. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (email@example.com).
ISAWWA scholarship webinar. On September 24 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association will hold a free webinar on tips for applying to their scholarship program. Register on-line.
Climate change resilience conference. On September 26, the John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law will host "Adaptation of the Built Environment to Achieve Resilience to Climate Change," the 13th Kratovil Conference from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On-line registration is available. To learn more about steps municipalities can take to plan for a changing climate, read CMAP's climate adaptation toolkit.
Illinois River System conference. On October 1 to 3, the 14th Biennial Governor's Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System will be held at Peoria's Four Points by Sheraton. The conference's theme is "Working Locally -- Reaching Globally."
Woodstock symposium. The Woodstock Institute is hosting its 40th Anniversary Research Symposium and Bash from October 2 to 3 at the Sheraton Chicago (301 E. North Water Street, Chicago). Purchase tickets on-line.
Manufacturing Day. A number of Manufacturing Day events, in which manufacturers open the doors to the public, are being held across the region on October 3 (Harper College) and October 4 (multiple events). To learn more about the region's economic strengths and opportunities in the manufacturing cluster, check out CMAP's drill-down analyses.
Cook Trails Master Plan. The Forest Preserves of Cook County draft Trails Master Plan is available for public comment through October 18. Comments can be emailed to Kindy Kruller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rail Summit. On October 25, MEP & Associates will host the Rail Summit 2013 at the Union League Club (65 W. Jackson Street, Chicago). The summit's theme is Economic Importance of Short Line Railroads and luncheon keynote speakers include Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce, Brad Skinner, chairman of OmniTRAX, and Peter A. Gilbertson, CEO of Anacostia & Pacific. For more information on sponsorships or to register, contact email@example.com or 312-750-9150.
IEPA rebate program. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring an Alternative Fuels Rebate Program for residents, businesses, and local governments to purchase or convert conventional vehicles to alternative fuel vehicles. Applications are due January 31, 2014.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog alerted readers to new Federal Highway Administration guidance supporting the use of three new guides in the development of non-motorized urban transportation networks.
Congestion pricing. Learn more about the regional effort to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around.
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.
RHOPI annual forum. The Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative will hold its annual forum, Innovative Collaborations to Revitalize Communities, on October 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building (77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago). Speakers include the Brookings Institution's Alan Berube and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The event is sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust.
Des Plaines Apache Park neighborhood planning meeting September 26, 2013 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen Church: 1280 Prospect Avenue, Des Plaines Hosted by the City of Des Plaines
Bensenville visioning meeting
October 3, 2013 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Village Hall: 12 S. Center Street, Bensenville Hosted by the Village of Bensenville and CMAP
Mercy Housing: Moving Forward Together October 9, 2013 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Northwestern Law School: Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Hosted by Mercy Housing
Openlands 50th anniversary luncheon October 25, 2013 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hilton Chicago: 720 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Hosted by Openlands