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CMAP is working with over 100 local governments and nonprofit organizations to implement GO TO 2040 recommendations through its LTA program.

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October 5, 2015  

Developing national accessibility standards

What makes for a "livable community?"  GO TO 2040 , the comprehensive regional plan for northeastern Illinois, envisions a region with a dynamic economy, abundant open spaces, a strong... Read More About Developing national accessibility standards
July 28, 2015  

Advances and challenges in accessibility

A new post explores the impact of Americans with Disabilities Act has had since being enacted twenty-five years ago. Read More About Advances and challenges in accessibility
May 27, 2015  

Tree replacement funding

Communities located within the Millennium Reserve can apply for U.S. Forest Service funding for ash tree replacements.  The request for proposals will be available from June 1 through... Read More About Tree replacement funding
May 27, 2015  

The Village of South Holland comprehensive plan

The Village of South Holland is home to thriving retail and industrial corridors. To evaluate the challenges and opportunities both within its borders and in the south suburban sub-region, the... Read More About The Village of South Holland comprehensive plan
May 27, 2015  

Public meetings in Pilsen and Little Village

Residents and stakeholders are invited to share thoughts and priorities for the development of the Pilsen and Little Village land use plan at a series of community workshops in June.  The... Read More About Public meetings in Pilsen and Little Village
May 5, 2015  

2016 joint call for planning projects

CMAP, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) released a call for local projects across metropolitan Chicago through the RTA ... Read More About 2016 joint call for planning projects
April 7, 2015  

Metropolitan Planning Council "Building Resilience" roundtable

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will host the second roundtable in its Building Resilience series, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Read More About Metropolitan Planning Council "Building Resilience" roundtable
March 27, 2015  

RTA survey results highlight effects of transit-oriented developments

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) released results from a survey of residents of transit-oriented developments (TOD) in the suburbs of Chicago. The report includes key findings on... Read More About RTA survey results highlight effects of transit-oriented developments
March 16, 2015  

Muni-Blast, 3-16-15

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 Muni-Blast, 3-16-15
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With funding from a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), CMAP initiated the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in 2010. The program involves providing assistance to communities across the Chicago metropolitan region to undertake planning projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. It is currently funded by the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, HUD, Economic Development Administration, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Chicago Community Trust. See below for the most recent update on project status, as well as links to several projects that are underway.  See videos of an overview of the LTA program and "Planning Locally for Livability." Select implementation highlights are also available in a GO TO 2040 case studies library.

CMAP announced 22 new LTA projects in October 2015. The fifth wave of projects through the LTA program emphasize implementation of past plans, such as updates of zoning and regulations, creation of capital improvement plans, and analysis of municipal review procedures.  For more information, review a press release and full list of the fifth round of LTA projects. More information on applications received and the approval process is archived on-line

CMAP has initiated more than 160 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. For the latest on the LTA projects, download the LTA Program update (11-10-15).

LTA Projects Underway

Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 
Aurora Downtown Master Plan
Berwyn Zoning Ordinance
Berwyn (Depot District) Parking Management
Blue Island Capital Improvement Plan
Calumet Park Planning Priorities Report
Carol Stream Comprehensive Plan
Carpentersville Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
Cicero Comprehensive Plan
Crystal Lake Transportation Master Plan
DuPage County Sustainability Best Practices Guide
Endeleo Planning Priorities Report
Evanston Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Fox Lake Planning Priorities Report
Fox River Corridor Plan Corridor Plan for the Fox River in the Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville
Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan
Harvard Comprehensive Plan
Homes for a Changing Region

Housing Policy Plans

Lake County

Illinois Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan

Lyons Comprehensive Plan
McHenry County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
Niles Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) Plan
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (links to external site)
North Chicago Comprehensive Plan
Olympia Fields Subarea Plan
Oswego, Montgomery, Yorkville Shared Services Study
Park Forest Development Regulations Update
Pilsen & Little Village (Chicago) Plan
Regional Truck Permitting Plan Action Plan
Richton Park Capital Improvement Plan
South Elgin Unified Development Ordinance
South Holland Comprehensive Plan
SSMMA South Council Complete Streets and Trails Plan
Sugar Run Creek Area Plan-Will County Neighborhood Plan
University of Illinois at Chicago Multimodal Transportation Plan
Waukegan Commercial Corridor Plan
Winthrop Harbor Comprehensive Plan


LTA Projects Completed


Addison Comprehensive Plan
Algonquin Downtown Plan
Alsip Comprehensive Plan
Antioch Lifestyle Corridor Plan
Bensenville Comprehensive Plan
Berwyn Comprehensive Plan
Blue Island Comprehensive Plan
Big Rock Comprehensive Plan
Bronzeville Retail Land Use Plan
Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission Feasibility Study
Calumet City Comprehensive Plan
Campton Hills Comprehensive Plan
Carpentersville Subarea Plan
Chicago Green Healthy Neighborhoods Land Use Plan
Chicago Heights Comprehensive Plan
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) LeClaire Courts Transportation Access Study
Chinatown (Chicago) Community Vision Plan 
Cook County Planning For Progress (Consolidated Plan and CEDS)
Des Plaines Apache Park Neighborhood Plan
Dixmoor Planning Priorities Report
Downers Grove Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
DuPage County Corridor Policies, Principles, and Framework Plan
DuPage Water Commission Resource Guide
Elburn Comprehensive Plan
Elgin Sidewalk Gap Analysis
Elmwood Park Comprehensive Plan
Evanston Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
Fairmont Neighborhood Plan
Ferson-Otter Creek Waterhsed Ordiance Assessment
Forest Preserves of Cook County Municipal Connection Case Studies
Fox Lake Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Franklin Park Industrial Area Plan
Glen Ellyn Downtown Streetscape and Parking Study
Hanover Park Corridor Study
Hinsdale Parking Management Plan 
Hoffman Estates Strategic Manufacturing and Workforce Development Plan
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Water Loss Assessment 
Joliet Redevelopment Plan
Kane County

Implementation Strategy for Long Range Transit Plan
Public Land for Local Food Production Report

Kedzie Avenue (Chicago) Corridor Plan
Lakemoor Comprehensive Plan
Lake County Sustainability Chapter
Sustainable Food System
Lan-Oak Park District Park Master Plan
Lansing Comprehensive Plan
Lincolnwood Corridor Plan
Lynwood Comprehensive Plan
Maywood Retail Market Analysis
McHenry County Subarea Plan
Morton Grove Subarea Plan
New Lenox Corridor Plan
Niles Environmental Action Plan
Norridge Comprehensive Plan
Northlake Comprehensive Plan
Northwest Water Planning Alliance Development of a 3-Year Strategic Plan
Oak Lawn Corridor Study
Oak Park Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
Orland Park Water Conservation Code
Oswego Commercial Market Analysis Study
Oswego, Yorkville, Montgomery Shared Services Study
Park Forest

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Sustainability Plan

Plainfield Downtown Transportation Plan
Prospect Heights Comprehensive Plan Update
Red Line South Extension Livability Project
Richton Park Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Update
Riverside Central Business District
Rosemont Comprehensive Plan
Round Lake Heights Comprehensive Plan
Seven Generations Ahead Sustainability Data Project
Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed Ordinance Assessment
South Elgin Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
SSMMA Housing Investment Tool
I-294 / I-57 Land Use and Economic Development Plan
Steger Planning Priorities Report
Summit Comprehensive Plan 
Westchester Comprehensive Plan
Wheeling Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 
Wicker Park-Bucktown Parking Management Plan
Will County Brownfield Prioritization for Solar Energy Development Report
Worth Planning Priorities Report



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