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January 10, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-10-14

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CMAP Board recap.  The Board met on Wednesday and received the very favorable results of our agency's Annual Financial Report for the previous fiscal year.  CMAP received an unqualified opinion, which is the highest level of audit approval that can be received.  The Board also voted to approve the State Legislative Framework and Agenda and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Also, staff gave overviews of the new CMAP website and a soon-to-be-released report on the Fiscal and Economic Impact Analysis of Local Development Decisions.  Other presentations included the upcoming Unified Work Program (UWP) process and the GO TO 2040 Plan Update.  The Regional Coordinating Committee met prior to the Board, with presentations on the Economic Development Best Practices report and a draft of the Financial Plan for the GO TO 2040 Update. Finally, the MPO Policy Committee met on Thursday and considered many of the same items as the Board, including approval of the TAP. Additionally, IDOT staff provided an update on the Illiana Corridor project. The Board meets next on February 12, 2014, and the MPO Policy Committee meets on March 13. 

GO TO 2040 implementation poster. CMAP has released Moving Forward 2013, our third annual GO TO 2040 implementation poster-brochure. The poster would look great on your wall, so please grab a copy or two the next time you visit us.  (Boxes are available for re-distribution by partner organizations. Contact Joey-Lin Silberhorn at or 312-386-8814).

Economic development best practices report.  This week CMAP released Reorienting State and Regional Economic Development: Lessons Learned from National Examples.  The report examines national best practices, including three case studies of state and regional efforts to utilize strategic planning, coordinate and streamline programs, improve transparency and accountability, and pursue outward-facing strategies for regions to compete nationally and internationally. Read more in this Policy Update

HCD workshop. With the help of CMAP's Human and Community Development Working Committee, CMAP held a workshop, Making the Connection: Community Health, Land Use, and Transportation Planning, on Monday, December 9, 2013. Nearly 50 County and City of Chicago officials representing public health, planning, and transportation departments gathered to discuss coordination and better understand how CMAP can integrate these efforts into local planning. More information about the workshop is available at available at

Other News and Announcements

Soles and Spokes.  CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured a Federal Highway Administration report on connections between federal transportation programs and health with strategies for increasing the participation of health practitioners in transportation planning and the decision-making processes. We also described the U.S. Census Bureau's recently released 2012 American Community Survey data and the increase in commuting by bicycle.

EI2 in the news.  The U.S. Department of Energy described the "house party" model used by Energy Impact Illinois to promote energy efficiency opportunities for its Better Buildings focus series. CMAP's Dan Olson and Emily Plagman were interviewed for the piece.

CMAQ in the news.  The League of Illinois Bicyclists blogged about bike-related projects from the latest round of federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program grants awarded by CMAP.  Read more about recent CMAQ grants in this press release.

Local Technical Assistance

Among recent highlights from CMAP's LTA program:

The Village of Lansing's Lan-Oak Park District is updating its park master plan in coordination with the Cook County Department of Public Health. Lan-Oak Park District director John Wilson wrote an opinion piece on the project in the Times of Northwest Indiana.

Rosemont residents and stakeholders have until Wednesday, January 15 to provide input on the Village's first comprehensive plan since 1977 through a short, interactive on-line survey. Residents and stakeholders can also provide feedback via on-line surveys for a number of additional LTA projects -- a Kedzie corridor plan for Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood (expires mid-January), a comprehensive plan for the Village of Lyons (expires January 24), a multimodal transportation plan for the University of Illinois at Chicago (expires January 31), and the Planning for Progress initiative for Cook County (expires January 31, also available in Spanish).


Congestion pricing. Learn more about the regional effort to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around.



Planning for Progress: South Cook public workshops
January 15, 2014
Session Option 1: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Session Option 2: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
City of Blue Island East Annex Room: 13051 Greenwood Avenue, Blue Island
Hosted by Cook County and CMAP

Des Plaines Apache Park Neighborhood public meeting
January 15, 2014
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: 1177 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines
Hosted by the City of Des Plaines
More information

Planning for Progress: West Cook public workshops
January 29, 2014
Session Option 1: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Session Option 2: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Berwyn Public Library Community Room: 2701 S. Harlem Avenue, Berwyn
Hosted by Cook County and CMAP

Planning for Progress: North Cook public workshops
February 4, 2014
Session Option 1: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Session Option 2: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Village of Arlington Heights Board Room: 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
Hosted by Cook County and CMAP