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January 24, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-24-14

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Policy Update.  We described relevant aspects of the Ombinibus Appropriations Bill for federal Fiscal Year 2014, which was signed into law last Friday. As federal policy makers consider appropriations and other legislation, CMAP calls on them to support initiatives and programs that address the interconnected areas of transportation, land use, housing, the environment, and economic development, in addition to support for regional comprehensive planning efforts. The agency's 2013 federal agenda includes specific guidance, which will soon be updated for 2014.

Muni-Blast. CMAP's latest quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement livability recommendations from the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. Featured items include the recently updated Municipal Directory and upcoming 2014 toolkits and model ordinances. To be added to that distribution, contact Justine Reisinger ( or 312-386-8802).

Projects and obligations report. As required by federal law, the 2012 Regional Project Award and Obligation Report for Northeastern Illinois describes expenditures of federal and other significant non-federal capital funds. The report has been enhanced to illustrate implementation of GO TO 2040, which prioritizes maintenance and modernization of the existing system. The report's data is also available. Contact Holly Ostdick ( or 312-386-8836).

Other News and Announcements

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured a funding opportunity through the National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant program, which supports planning and engagement activities to help communities leverage the arts and urban design for increased livability. We also highlighted a recent study on the rise of pedestrian injuries related to cell phone use. 

Watershed plan meeting.
 CMAP is leading a two-year planning process to develop a total maximum daily load water quality implementation plan for nine lakes in southwestern Lake County: Island, Woodland, Napa Suwe, Drummond, Fairview, Slocum, Tower, Timber, and Barrington. The next meeting for development of the draft TMDL plan will be held January 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lake Barrington Village Hall (23860 N. Old Barrington Road, Lake Barrington). 

Watershed planning resource. A resource from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and partners across the Great Lakes Region, Tipping Points & Indicators, provides useful, web-based resources to support community action planning for local watersheds through the identification of land use indicators that "determine the threshold, or tipping points, that when exceeded can impact aquatic ecosystems."

Clean air video contest. Partners for Clean Air Illinois, an organization partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, is sponsoring a Shoot for the Skies PSA video contest for high school and college students in northeastern Illinois. Submissions are due March 14, 2014. 

Grant writing class. Grant Writing USA and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy will host a class on how to identify and respond to grant opportunities on March 10-11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy (2000 N. 5th Avenue, River Grove).

Local Technical Assistance

The Village of Summit is in the process of creating its first-ever comprehensive plan. Learn more and stay up-to-date on progress and upcoming public meetings at the project web page

The Chicago Tribune covered a public meeting held recently for the City of Des Plaines Apache Park Neighborhood Plan

The Bugle and Journal & Topics described the final draft bicycle and pedestrian plan under development in Niles, which will help implement the Niles Environmental Action Plan.

Village of Lyons residents and stakeholders can provide feedback through today on the community's comprehensive plan via a short, interactive on-line survey. Residents and stakeholders can also provide feedback through January 31 for two other LTA projects  -- a multimodal transportation plan for the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Planning for Progress initiative for Cook County (also available in Spanish).


Public Comment: GO TO 2040 Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment. CMAP seeks public comment for its conformity determination on GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2010-15 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. 

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).

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: 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