Local Technical Assistance program
With funding from a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), CMAP launched the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program
, which involves providing planning, and in some cases financial, assistance to communities across the Chicago metropolitan region to undertake planning projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040.
CMAP has initiated over 100 local projects with local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental organizations to address local issues at the intersection of transportation, land use, and housing, including the natural environment, economic growth, and community development. Common projects include updating municipal comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances, developing sub-area plans for specific commercial or industrial districts, sustainability plans, and parking management planning.
Local Ordinances and Toolkits program
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program
develops resources that help municipalities to develop policies that support the goals of GO TO 2040, guiding them through the process from study to approval on a variety of topics such as parking regulation
, local food production, and more. Particularly relevant to land use and zoning is a toolkit on form-based codes
Fiscal Policy and Land Use Planning
and economic development incentives
also play a role in driving local land use decisions. It is important for the region to have the best information possible about how our fiscal policies drive land use decisions, as well as the resulting impacts on the regional economy, jobs, and principles of livability as addressed in GO TO 2040. CMAP creates reports on these and other policy issues that affect land use.
Land Use Committee
The CMAP Land Use Committee
meets on the third Wednesday of every month and is composed of members representing municipal, county, state, and federal government in our region as well as agencies and nonprofit organizations focused on land use issues.