Local Technical Assistance

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

LTA program

Dec 13, 2017

Newly selected projects

CMAP established the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to direct resources to communities pursuing planning work that helps to implement GO TO 2040.

The 2017 LTA and Community Planning Call for Projects is now closed. 

In October 2017, the CMAP board approved 34 new LTA projects to help local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental collaborators address issues at the intersections of transportation, land use, and quality of life. This year, CMAP staff recommended proposals that align with GO TO 2040 and ongoing work toward ON TO 2050, the region’s next comprehensive plan that is scheduled for adoption in October 2018. The agency also selected projects that focus on implementing previous LTA plans, collaborating across multiple jurisdictions, and/or planning in communities with the highest need for assistance.

Read a media release on the newly selected projects, view a map, read descriptions of each project, or visit the 2017 Applications page for more information.

Technical Assistance Symposium
More than 250 people from around the region attended the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium on May 16. Elected officials, municipal and county planners and staff, community-based organizations, nonprofits, civic organizations, and consulting firms learned about the Call for Projects for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning programs. Access the full Symposium Program here.


LTA Background

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 has initiated more than 200 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 from November 2017.

LTA Projects Underway


AuroraDowntown Master Plan
BensenvilleZoning Ordinance
BerwynZoning Ordinance
Blue IslandCapital Improvement Plan
Cook CountyMaine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan
Calumet ParkPlanning Priorities Report
Crystal LakeTransportation Master Plan
Des PlainesComprehensive Plan
Fox River in McHenry and Lake Counties Corridor Plan
HampshirePlanning Priorities Report
Homes for a Changing RegionHousing Policy Plans
Lisle Downtown Parking PlanParking Managerment Plan
Lower Salt CreekWatershed-based Plan
MidlothianCorridor Plan
North LawndaleComprehensive Neighborhood Plan
North River Communities (Chicago)Neighborhood Plan
O'Hare SubregionTruck Routing and Infrastructure Plan
Park ForestDevelopment Regulations Update
Pilsen & Little Village (Chicago)Neighborhood Plan
Regional Truck Permitting PlanAction Plan
Richton ParkCapital Improvement Plan
Richton ParkStormwater Management Plan
RomeovilleComprehensive Plan
South ElginUnified Development Ordinance
South HollandComprehensive Plan
WilmingtonDowntown Plan


LTA Projects Completed


AddisonComprehensive Plan
AlgonquinDowntown Plan
AlsipComprehensive Plan
AntiochLifestyle Corridor Plan
Arlington HeightsBicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Beach ParkPlanning Priorities Report
BensenvilleComprehensive Plan
BerwynComprehensive Plan
Berwyn (Depot District)Parking Management
Blue IslandComprehensive Plan
Big RockComprehensive Plan
BronzevilleRetail Land Use Plan
Black Metropolis National Heritage Area CommissionFeasibility Study
Calumet CityComprehensive Plan
Campton HillsComprehensive Plan
Carol StreamComprehensive Plan
CarpentersvilleSubarea Plan
CarpentersvilleHealth Impact Assessment (HIA)
ChicagoGreen Healthy Neighborhoods Land Use Plan
Chicago HeightsComprehensive Plan
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)LeClaire Courts Transportation Access Study
Chinatown (Chicago)Community Vision Plan 
CiceroComprehensive Plan
Cook CountyPlanning For Progress (Consolidated Plan and CEDS)
CreteComprehensive Plan
Des PlainesApache Park Neighborhood Plan
DixmoorPlanning Priorities Report
Downers GroveBicycle and Pedestrian Plan
DuPage CountyCorridor Policies, Principles, and Framework Plan
DuPage CountySustainability Best Practices Guide
DuPage County DOTElgin-O'Hare Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
DuPage Water CommissionResource Guide
ElburnComprehensive Plan
ElginSidewalk Gap Analysis
Elmwood ParkComprehensive Plan
Endeleo InstitutePlanning Priorities Report
EvanstonWater Conservation and Efficiency Plan
EvanstonBicycle and Pedestrian Plan
FairmontNeighborhood Plan
Ferson-Otter CreekWatershed Ordinance Assessment
Forest Preserves of Cook CountyMunicipal Connection Case Studies
Fox LakeBicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Fox LakePlanning Priorities Report
Fox River Corridor PlanCorridor Plan for the Fox River in the Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville
Franklin ParkComprehensive Plan
Franklin ParkIndustrial Area Plan
Glen EllynDowntown Streetscape and Parking Study
Hanover ParkCorridor Study
HarvardComprehensive Plan
HinsdaleParking Management Plan 
Hoffman EstatesStrategic Manufacturing and Workforce Development Plan
Illinois Department of Natural ResourcesWater Loss Assessment 
Impact DuPageHousing Policy Report
JolietRedevelopment Plan
Kane County

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

Kedzie Avenue (Chicago)Corridor Plan
LakemoorComprehensive Plan
Lake CountySustainability Chapter
Sustainable Food System
Lake CountyIllinois Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan
Lan-Oak Park DistrictPark Master Plan
LansingComprehensive Plan
LincolnwoodCorridor Plan
LyonsComprehensive Plan
LynwoodComprehensive Plan
MaywoodRetail Market Analysis
McHenry CountyComprehensive Economic Development Strategy
McHenry CountySubarea Plan
Morton GroveSubarea Plan
New LenoxCorridor Plan
NilesEnvironmental Action Plan
NilesArterial Rapid Transit (ART) Plan
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
NorridgeComprehensive Plan
North ChicagoComprehensive Plan
NorthlakeComprehensive Plan
Northwest Water Planning AllianceDevelopment of a 3-Year Strategic Plan
Oak LawnCorridor Study
Oak ParkWater Conservation and Efficiency Plan
Olympia FieldsSubarea Plan
Orland ParkWater Conservation Code
OswegoCommercial Market Analysis Study
Oswego, Yorkville, MontgomeryShared Services Study
Park Forest

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Sustainability Plan

PlainfieldDowntown Transportation Plan
Prospect HeightsComprehensive Plan Update
Red Line South ExtensionLivability Project
RichmondPlanning Priorities Report
Richton ParkComprehensive Plan and Zoning Update
RiversideCentral Business District
RosemontComprehensive Plan
Round Lake HeightsComprehensive Plan
Seven Generations AheadSustainability Data Project
Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow CreekWatershed Ordinance Assessment
South ElginBicycle and Pedestrian Plan
SSMMASouth Council of Mayors Complete Streets and Trails Plan
SSMMAHousing Investment Tool
I-294 / I-57 Land Use and Economic Development Plan
StegerPlanning Priorities Report
SummitComprehensive Plan
Sugar Run Creek Area Plan-Will CountyNeighborhood Plan
University of Illinois at ChicagoMultimodal Transportation Plan
WaukeganCommercial Corridor Plan
WestchesterComprehensive Plan
WheelingBicycle and Pedestrian Plan 
Wicker Park-BucktownParking Management Plan
Will CountyBrownfield Prioritization for Solar Energy Development Report
Winthrop HarborComprehensive Plan


Planning Priorities Report


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