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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-16-17

CMAP meetings recap

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, with an agenda that included approval of the FY18 Budget and Work Plan, and a discussion of the ON TO 2050 preview report, which will be available for public comment from June 19 through August 3, 2017.

Alternative Futures: Innovative Transportation

How might transportation technologies affect commuters' mode choices in the future and how can we plan today to help ensure equitable access to those technologies?  "Innovative Transportation" is the featured ON TO 2050 Alternative Future in June.  Check out a new interactive graphic that looks at how commuters at different income levels get around today and take a web survey to tell us how you think innovative transportation may change the way people commute in the future.
 
There are also still a few seats left for the next Alternative Futures forum, "Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility," on Thursday, June 22, at 9:00 a.m., hosted and co-sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology. 
 
You can provide input on all five futures via interactive kiosks, videos, workshops, and forums, along with Twitter and Facebook using #2050BigIdeas.  You can also register for July's Alternative Futures forum, "The Future of Economic Opportunity," at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, at the Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium and co-sponsored by Cook County,  South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Southwest Conference of Mayors, and Will County Governmental League.

CMAP happenings

Local consolidation 
Illinois has between 6,963 and 8,516 units of local government -- which is not necessarily a problem.  When many small adjacent jurisdictions provide the same services, however, the result can be higher costs or lower overall capacity to provide services.  In addition, the presence of many overlapping units of government could result in insufficient civic participation or weak service coordination. 
 
A new CMAP Policy Update outlines considerations for local government consolidation, summarizes recent state legislation, and describes how New York is encouraging its local governments to consolidate.
 
Planning in Aurora
The City of Aurora will hold a public open house for its new Downtown Master Plan from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 22, in the Meyer Ballroom of the Paramount Theatre (8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora).  New Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will give opening remarks at the meeting.  The plan is supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.  Contact Lindsay Bayley (lbayley@cmap.illlinois.gov) with questions.
 
Alternative Futures public workshop
The Village of Schaumburg will host a public workshop to discuss Alternative Futures from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts (201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg). Attendees will be encouraged to share feedback on how planning can help the future of the region and Schaumburg in particular.  CMAP will carefully consider input from the workshop when drafting ON TO 2050. 
 
Des Plaines open house
The City of Des Plaines and CMAP's LTA program need your help in developing the next comprehensive plan that will set forth the vision, goals, and objectives of the City over the next 10 years. Attend an open house at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at the Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood Ave., Des Plaines) to share your thoughts.
 
LTA Call for Projects
The Call for Projects for the LTA and RTA Community Planning programs is open for applications until June 29.
 
ON TO 2050 outreach
Special thanks to Will County Center for Community Concerns, the residents of the Village of Park Forest, the MacArthur Foundation, No Small Plans, UChicago Crime Lab, and McHenry County Active Communities Forum for hosting Alternative Futures events this week. To arrange a discussion for your organization, please contact Jane Grover (jgrover@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8802). 

Planning in the news

Multimodal transportation corridors
In a story about obstacles to dumping the pump, the Daily Herald's Marni Pyke describes why bus-on-shoulder transit can be an important part of the solution. Pace buses have been using the I-55 shoulder since 2011, and they will begin using the I-90 shoulder later this summer.
 
CMAQ in the news
A new Metra station will open in Romeoville, Ill., in early 2018. 
The CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program provided the majority of funding for the station, which according to Suburban Life, will be the first new stop on the Heritage Corridor line since 1984 and the first new Metra stop since 2011. 
 
Soles and Spokes
An AARP article, published as part of their Livable Communities initiative, outlines benefits of bicycle-friendly streets for non-cyclists.  Zipcar and Zagster have formed a partnership called Zipbike, which will bundle car and bike sharing services into one mobile app.

Around the region

Regional Housing Solutions Workshop
To learn about housing submarkets in your community, plan to attend the Regional Housing Solutions Workshop on Thursday, July 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the DePaul University Loop Campus (1 E. Jackson Blvd., 8th Floor, Chicago).  The event and the Regional Housing Solutions project is a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, CMAP, Metropolitan Planning Council, and Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University. 
 
Chi-Cal Rivers Request for Proposals
The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund is accepting applications through July 10 for projects that will reduce stormwater runoff for the major waterways within the Chicago and Calumet region. Nonprofit 501(c) organizations, state, local, municipal, and tribal governments, and educational institutions are welcome to apply. 
 
MWRD green infrastructure program
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is accepting applications through July 14, for green infrastructure projects that reduce stormwater runoff and/or improve water quality.  Local government bodies (i.e., municipalities, townships, and county agencies) within MWRD service boundaries are eligible.
 
Millennium Park panel and walking tour 
Register now to join the American Planning Association Chicago Metro Section and Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects on Thursday, June 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Pritzker Pavilion Choral Room (201 E. Randolph St., Chicago) to learn how Millennium Park became a reality.
Get a guided tour from key individuals involved in the project, including Ed Uhlir, Terry Guen, Benet Haller, and Christy Webber.  Sponsored networking event to follow. 

Events

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 to 10:30 a.m.
Register now

Aurora Downtown Master Plan Open House
Paramount Theatre, Meyer Ballroom
8 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
June 22, 2017
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
More information

Alternative Futures Public Workshop
Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts
201 Schaumburg Ct.
Schaumburg, IL 60193
June 22, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
More information

Des Plaines Open House
Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
June 28, 2017
6:00 p.m.
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