GO TO 2040 Video -- Overview of the CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program
New in the GO TO 2040 video series is an overview of the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program begun in March 2011 by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), with support from a three-year, $4.25 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the federal interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
Through the LTA program, CMAP staff are helping communities to implement the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan, which recently was adopted unanimously by leaders of the seven-county region. This overview video features several of the initial projects, including:
- Comprehensive plan for the Village of Campton Hills
- Land use planning and redevelopment of the old Joliet Prison site
- Green and Healthy Neighborhood Plan for the City of Chicago's neighborhoods of Englewood, Washington Park, and Woodlawn
After a CMAP request for projects in January elicited more than 220 proposals from 133 municipalities, counties, interjurisdictional groups, and nongovernmental organizations, the agency has begun partnering with the first wave of local communities identified for planning assistance. (Download a full list of projects.)
"The strong response to our call for projects is clear evidence of the need for CMAP's LTA program," said Randy Blankenhorn, CMAP executive director. "Local long-range planning is vitally important for the implementation of GO TO 2040, which is the region's plan for sustaining economic prosperity and livable communities through mid-century and beyond. In today's challenging fiscal environment, the HUD-funded effort is helping to meet the demand for community-based planning."
In coming months, CMAP and LTA partners will tell the stories of other local planning projects. Keep up with and get involved in the latest GO TO 2040 implementation activities at www.cmap.illinois.gov/moving-forward.
The LTA home page has details of activities sponsored by the HUD Sustainable Communities grant to CMAP for support of community projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. In our second call for projects through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, CMAP received over 100 proposals from more than 80 applicants. View the press release and summary of selected projects.
An interactive map of local case studies describes projects and people that exemplify the goals and objectives of GO TO 2040.
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program provides resources to municipalities interested in pursuing policies that are aligned with GO TO 2040 recommendations.