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Housing

To ensure that each household has access to the region's assets, it is important to maintain a balanced supply of owner-occupied and rental housing distributed throughout the region. Housing plays an integral role in the lives of residents, and CMAP engages in many local planning and policy analysis efforts around this important topic.

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November 25, 2014

Public input on IL Route 53/120 corridor land use plan

Thanks to all that participated in the IL Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan open houses in Grayslake and Lake Zurich this November. Read More About Public input on IL Route 53/120 corridor land use plan
October 30, 2014

CMAP Muni-Blast, 10-30-14

The latest newsletter features highlights from the 2014 biennial municipal survey. Read More About CMAP Muni-Blast, 10-30-14
October 16, 2014

Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program

Twenty-five new projects led by local governments and nonprofits will receive CMAP staff assistance or grants to drive implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. Read More About Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program
October 9, 2014

GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law

Please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040 for all GO TO 2040 plan materials. Read More About GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law
September 19, 2014

Tenure and Vacancy Trends in Metropolitan Chicago’s Housing Stock

Homeownership and vacancy rates in northeastern Illinois have begun to decrease over the past few years, mirroring national trends. Read More About Tenure and Vacancy Trends in Metropolitan Chicago’s Housing Stock
July 24, 2014

CMAP Muni-Blast, 7-24-14

CMAP's quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement  livability... Read More About CMAP Muni-Blast, 7-24-14
July 22, 2014

Improved GO TO 2040 Case Study Library

Completed Local Technical Assistance projects and GO TO 2040-related work are highlighted in a new interactive map. Read More About Improved GO TO 2040 Case Study Library
July 15, 2014

Community planning proposals

CMAP received 104 applications were submitted by 77 different applicants to the LTA program. Read More About Community planning proposals
June 26, 2014

Evaluating Housing and Transportation Costs in the CMAP Region

Very few parts of the region are affordable in terms of housing and transportation costs for low-income households. Read More About Evaluating Housing and Transportation Costs in the CMAP Region
June 13, 2014

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update available for public comment through August 1, 2014

Submit comments on-line and attend open house meetings throughout the region for the draft GO TO 2040 plan update and FFY 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program. Read More About Draft GO TO 2040 plan update available for public comment through August 1, 2014
April 1, 2014

Community Data Snapshots updated

CMAP's Community Data Snapshots have been updated with new information from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008-12 American Community Survey. Read More About Community Data Snapshots updated
April 1, 2014

Muni-Blast, 4-1-14

CMAP's quarterly survey for communities highlights our biennial 2014 municipal survey, discounted registration for GreenTown, and more. Read More About Muni-Blast, 4-1-14
March 18, 2014

White House Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal

A CMAP Policy Update looks at regional and national implications of the Obama Administration's proposed 3.9 trillion budget for federal fiscal year 2015. Read More About White House Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal
March 6, 2014

Fair Housing report

CMAP and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) have released Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago . The report finds that communities with a well-balanced supply of... Read More About Fair Housing report
February 4, 2014

North Cook Workshops RESCHEDULED

The North Cook workshops in Arlington Heights for Cook County's Planning for Progress effort have been rescheduled to February 11 due to snow.  Register  on-line. The... Read More About North Cook Workshops RESCHEDULED
January 23, 2014

CMAP Muni-Blast, 1-23-14

CMAP's quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement livability recommendations ... Read More About CMAP Muni-Blast, 1-23-14
January 21, 2014

Congress Releases Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY14

On January 17, 2014, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, which ends September 30, 2014. Combining 12 separate appropriations bills, the... Read More About Congress Releases Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY14
August 5, 2013

Potential Impacts of Koontz Decision on Local Land Use Decisions

On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District , which expands the application of the Nollan v. California Coastal... Read More About Potential Impacts of Koontz Decision on Local Land Use Decisions
June 28, 2013

Recap of 98th Illinois General Assembly Spring Session

During the 98 th Illinois General Assembly's spring session that adjourned on May 31, 2013, CMAP followed a broad range of issues affecting residents and communities throughout the region.... Read More About Recap of 98th Illinois General Assembly Spring Session
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GO TO 2040 emphasizes the importance of planning for a range of housing options in regionally and locally appropriate ways. Affordable housing options, particularly rental options, are not available in all parts of the region, which creates a systemic imbalance between job centers and where people live. The region's demographics are expected to shift substantially over the next three decades, specifically the elderly and immigrant populations, which presents an additional set of challenges in planning for future housing needs. Specifically, GO TO 2040 recommends CMAP and other regional partners:

  • Provide assistance in planning for a range of housing options.
  • Encourage the formation of formal collaborative planning efforts.
  • Facilitate communications between communities facing similar challenges.
  • Promote housing affordability near transit.
  • Target housing program to rehabilitation in areas with transit access.

CMAP helps local communities plan for future housing supply and demand through a variety of planning and policy tools, which educate residents and local elected officials about the importance of planning for a range of housing options across the region.  One of these tools is a Homes for a Changing Region plan. Conducted in partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Homes for a Changing Region planning process enables municipal leaders to chart future demand and supply tends for housing in their communities and helps communities develop long-term housing plans. These plans aim to create a balanced mix of housing, serve current and future populations, and enhance livability. Six clusters of communities, comprised of 26 municipalities have participated in the project since 2011.

Quarterly Housing Policy Updates keep regional and local housing stakeholders up-to-date on research and analysis of federal, state, and local data and policy issues. Quarterly updates primarily track four major areas -- existing home values, for-sale housing starts, rental development trends, and building permit trends. These blogs are available through CMAP's Updates and are presented at select Housing Committee meetings throughout the year.

 
In order to develop resources that meet the needs of municipalities in our region, CMAP developed the Local Ordinances and Toolkits program to help municipalities develop policies that support the goals of GO TO 2040. In 2014, CMAP plans to develop model ordinances for fair housing and aging in place.  With the assistance of municipal officials and local experts, CMAP will deliver a set of guides that describe the process of implementing Fair Housing and Aging in Place municipal policies from study to approval. To support the implementation of these policies, CMAP expects to provide staff resources to several municipalities in the coming years through its Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.  
 
To support CMAP's housing initiatives and work plan, the Housing Committee provides advisory input to the CMAP board on proposed regional plans, projects, and policies. The committee, comprised of public and private sector housing experts from across the region, meets the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at CMAP offices. Past meeting minutes, current meeting agendas and the 2014 meeting calendar are available on-line.  
 

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