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ON TO 2050

To shape the region's next comprehensive plan, CMAP invites your feedback on five possible Alternative Futures.

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Questions or comments? Contact Kristin Ihnchak or Elizabeth Schuh.

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CMAP is developing the region's next comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, scheduled for adoption in October 2018.  As with GO TO 2040, this is a highly transparent and collaborative effort involving partners and stakeholders from across the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois. This page includes information and links to learn more about ON TO 2050's development process through materials that are complete, underway, or scheduled.

Current activities

A draft Preview Report of anticipated ON TO 2050 recommendations is now available for public comment through August 3.   
Summer 2017 also is the period of maximum public engagement during the plan's development, as stakeholders and residents from around the Chicago region are invited to give feedback on five Alternative Futures.  Read below for more information on both the preview report and Alternative Futures campaign.

ON TO 2050 Development


Emerging Priorities report (2016)

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In October 2016, CMAP released the Emerging Priorities for ON TO 2050 report to identify key regional objectives based on initial analysis and public engagement that began with a public launch earlier that year. 

Snapshots and Strategy Papers (2016-18)

ON TO 2050 snapshot reports are brief, data-driven summaries of regional trends and current conditions, while longer strategy papers develop the agency's direction on new topics or explore refinements to existing GO TO 2040 recommendations. These reports will continue to be released through early 2018.

Alternative Futures public engagement (Summer 2017)

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From April through August 2017, CMAP is conducting intensive public engagement around five Alternative Futures that could shape our region for decades to come: Changed Climate, Walkable Communities, Innovative Transportation, Constrained Resources, and Transformed Economy. Residents can comment via interactive kiosks, public workshops, online surveys, videos, forums, or using #2050BigIdeas on Twitter or Facebook. Staff will carefully consider all feedback while drafting the ON TO 2050 plan. 

ON TO 2050 Preview Report (Summer 2017)

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Preview Report on anticipated ON TO 2050 recommendations is available for public comment from June 19 through August 3.   The report organizes strategies across three overarching principles: 
  • Resilience: A strong region requires communities, infrastructure, and systems that are able to thrive in the face of uncertain future economic, fiscal, and environmental shifts.
  • Inclusive growth: Long-term regional economic prosperity requires increased economic opportunity and improved quality of life for all residents.
  • Prioritized investment: Achieving regional goals in an era of limited resources requires coordinated prioritization of investments across sectors, including infrastructure, land use, and our economy. 
Read the draft preview report and submit comments to CMAP will incorporate feedback and release the final version in October 2017. 

Draft ON TO 2050 plan (June 2018)

Based on three years of research, analysis, and public engagement, the draft ON TO 2050 plan will be released for comment in June 2018. 
As the plan's adoption nears, come back for details about a launch event to celebrate the release of ON TO 2050. 

Final ON TO 2050 plan (October 2018)

Following review by other CMAP committees, the ON TO 2050 plan will be submitted to the CMAP board and MPO Policy Committee for adoption in October 2018. While the plan will exist primarily as an interactive website to facilitate implementation, it will also be available in print.  

Get involved

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Continual input by stakeholder organizations and individuals has been vital to the development and implementation of GO TO 2040. From now through October 2018 and beyond, ON TO 2050 will continue building on that participatory process, which is key to our region's success in defining and achieving its long-term goals. Please take every opportunity to join the discussion online and in public meetings.  To arrange a workshop for your organization or community, contact us at
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