CMAP Board meeting recap
The CMAP Board met on Wednesday. Among other topics, the meeting included election of officers (approved unanimously, with Mayor Gerald R. Bennett of Palos Hills returning as chairman) and discussion of potential changes to the Board bylaws and Memorandum of Understanding with the MPO Policy Committee. The Board and Policy Committee will meet jointly at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11.
Crystal Lake Transportation Plan open house
Fox River Corridor Plan meeting
A public meeting for the Fox River Corridor Plan
will take place Thursday, September 21, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Lake Barrington Village Hall (23860 N. Old Barrington Rd., Barrington). This project is supported by CMAP's LTA program
. For more, contact Kate Evasic (email@example.com
Downtown Aurora Draft Master Plan hearing
A public hearing for the draft Master Plan for downtown Aurora
will take place Wednesday, September 20, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Aurora City Council Chambers (44 E. Downer Pl., 2nd Floor, Aurora). This project is supported by CMAP's LTA program. Contact Lindsay Bayley (firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning in the news
Bidding for new Amazon HQ
referenced CMAP data in an article about the region's dominance in the freight and logistics cluster, which could be an asset to the Chicago bid for Amazon's second North American headquarters. Other favorable factors include the transit network, tech scene, and development potential. Coverage in the New York Times
includes examples of other corporations that have sought advantages similar to what Amazon , including tax incentives.
New Metra chief
Incoming Metra CEO James Derwinski was interviewed by the Daily Herald
about the priorities and challenges facing the agency when he takes over after outgoing chief Don Orseno retires in December.
Developing walkable communities
The Daily Herald
wrote about the Arlington Heights downtown area as an example of growing interest in walkable communities. CMAP's ongoing work on the Aurora Downtown Master Plan was also mentioned.
Soles and Spokes
published in the American Journal of Public Health links the provision of bicycle infrastructure with increased safety and ridership. Australia's national transportation agency released guidelines
for the design and installation of bicycle parking facilities. Active Transportation Alliance's "Chicago River Trail Action Plan
" provides a vision and key initial steps to create a continuous trail on the north and south branches of the Chicago River.
Around the region
Bike Walk Every Town
Active Transportation Alliance is hosting four free suburban advocacy summits in September and October across the region to give residents tools to build local campaigns to improve biking and walking in their community. The first Bike Walk Every Town event takes place Saturday, September 23, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Heller Nature Center (2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park). Learn more about the summits and register here
. October events will take place in Elmhurst, Schaumburg, and Flossmoor.
Calumet Heritage initiative
The feasibility study
for the creation of the Calumet National Heritage Area is complete and was recently forwarded, with 77 letters of support, to the National Park Service for its evaluation. Visit the Calumet Heritage Partnership's website
for more information.
Applications for Watershed Management Board (WMB) funding are now available; see the RFP
for more information. Project applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6. This is the only opportunity to apply for WMB funding for FY18.
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.
Aurora Downtown Draft Master Plan
Aurora City Council Chambers
44 E. Downer Pl., 2nd Floor
Aurora, IL 60505
September 20, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 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.
The Future of Bikesharing
125 S. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60603
September 27, 2017
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.