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January 17, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-17-14

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Housing Policy Update. Our latest Housing Policy Update examines residential building permit trends in metropolitan Chicago through the third quarter of 2013. Overall, the number of new residential permits in metropolitan Chicago continues to recover from recessionary lows, and the number of single-family permits within already-established areas grew during and immediately following the recession. However, with the exception of 2012, development of multifamily housing has been increasingly concentrated in Chicago. This effectively limits housing choices for suburban residents.

Public Comment: GO TO 2040 Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment. The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a conformity determination on GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the cover memo and list of conformity amendments. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, e-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through February 17, 2014.

Other News and Announcements

CMAP media tip sheet. CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on an economic development best practices report, recipients of federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds allocated by CMAP, Cook County's Planning for Progress effort, and more.

CMAQ in the news. The Franklin Park Herald-Journal covered a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program grant of $34.26 million to convert 31 locomotives to natural gas. Read more about recent CMAQ grants in this press release. In other news, the suburban branch of the American Public Works Association's Chicago Metro Chapter presented a 2014 APWA Project of the Year Award to the Busse Woods Pedestrian Overpass at Illinois Route 72. This coordinated effort by the Village of Elk Grove and Forest Preserve District of Cook County was partially funded with a CMAQ grant.

Snow and water supply.  WBEZ's Worldview program included CMAP's Tim Loftus in a discussion about impacts of snowfall and road salts on water supply. Read more at EcoMyths.

Soles and Spokes.  We highlighted a recent report from WalkBoston, which describes different types of walking facilities that can be built in rural or exurban areas. We also featured two recent factsheets from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that summarize bicycle and pedestrian nationwide crash data for 2011.

Cartographatron. This week's annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting featured a poster by Cheryl Deutsch of UCLA and UC Irvine on the origins of data-driven congestion analysis. Among the examples cited is a fascinating innovation in 1955 by the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS). That Buck Rogers-style device was developed under CATS director J. Douglas Carroll. Thanks to Dave Seglin at the Chicago Department of Transportation for this photo.

Privatizing roads. The Chicago Tribune described Long Grove's plan to privatize many of its roads.  In some ways, this is a microcosm of the challenges that governments face in providing services and maintaining infrastructure with limited public resources. 

Local Technical Assistance

The Michigan State University Extension blogged about CMAP's Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, which offers an alternative to conventional zoning methods by emphasizing the physical character of development. Contact Stephen Ostrander ( or 312-386-8696) to learn more about the guide.

This week 35 individuals attended the first in a series of interactive workshops for Cook County's Planning for Progress, a strategic plan to guide funding requests, investments, and partnerships over the next five years for affordable housing and community and economic development. Two workshops are scheduled for each remaining meeting date: West Cook workshops on January 29 in Berwyn and North Cook workshops on February 4 in Arlington Heights. See this email's Events section and the registration web page for more information. The public can also provide input via on-line survey through January 31 (also available in Spanish).

A number of other LTA projects also are giving residents and stakeholders the chance to provide feedback via on-line surveys -- a comprehensive plan for the Village of Lyons (extended through January 24) and a multimodal transportation plan for the University of Illinois at Chicago (expires January 31).

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) wrapped up its five-part blog series on the Homes for a Changing Region program with entries on housing for the life cycle, unique solutions for unique communities, and planning for results. Since 2011, CMAP has partnered with MPC and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on Homes projects through its LTA program. Learn about current projects on our website, and visit MPC's website for an interactive map with every Homes for a Changing Region project since 2005.


GO TO 2040 implementation poster. CMAP has released Moving Forward 2013, our third annual GO TO 2040 implementation report poster. 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. Reorienting State and Regional Economic Development: Lessons Learned from National Examples 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.

2014 ArcGIS workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and 2014 dates are March 19-20, April 30 to May 1, May 28-29, and June 18-19. The cost is $350. For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (

Performance-based funding. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.



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