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CMAP Weekly Update, 1-31-14

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Impacts of local land use decisions. This week CMAP released a report, Fiscal and Economic Impact Analysis of Local Development Decisions. Land use decisions by local governments have profound effects not just for their communities, but also for the region as a whole. By understanding both the local and regional implications of municipal fiscal policies, officials can be more effective in seeking to achieve and sustain livability for their residents in the long term. The report features 31 case studies from the metropolitan Chicago region, with an additional assessment of regional economic and market impacts. Read more in a Policy Update

Policy Updates. CMAP has initiated an update of GO TO 2040 as required by MAP-21, which calls for regional plans such as this to be revised every four years. Residents and other stakeholders can follow this process at CMAP also examined the structure and duration of sales tax rebate agreements in the metropolitan region, which greatly influence the level of public funds that local governments use to attract and retain businesses and developments. CMAP's analysis of the Illinois Department of Revenue sales tax agreement database reveals the existence of 343 active sales tax rebate agreements in more than 130 local governments in the seven-county region.

Springfield Update. We summarized aspects of the Governor's State of the State address and shared CMAP's 2014 State Legislative Framework and Agenda.

Other News and Announcements

Illiana EIS. The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation released the Illiana Tier Two Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public comment. Public hearings will be held in Indiana on February 18 at Lowell Middle School (19250 Cline Avenue, Lowell) and in Illinois on February 19 at Local 150 Training Facilities (19800 West Arsenal Road, Wilmington), both from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Comments will be accepted through March 10, 2014.

Global competitiveness. The Chicago Tribune examined what Chicago must do to compete globally, including a regional approach to economic development.  Later this year, CMAP will publish a report on this topic, as a follow-up to our recent analysis of state and regional economic development practices elsewhere in the U.S.

Soles and Spokes. A nationwide survey examines the reasons, incentives, and barriers to walking. We also featured a new tool with cost information on typical pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.

Ashland BRT. Joe Schwieterman (DePaul University), Steve Schlickman (University of Illinois at Chicago), Ron Burke (Active Transportation Alliance), and I jointly submitted a letter to the Sun-Times explaining the importance of this bus rapid transit project. (Scroll toward the middle of that page.) 

Census workshops. CMAP's new Census Products for Urban Planning (CPUP) workshops take the mystery out of using American FactFinder to access Census data. These free, hands-on workshops are designed for planners, municipal staff, and municipal volunteers. Contact Jon Hallas or 312-386-8764) to RSVP for workshops from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on March 18, April 29, May 27, and June 17. Space is limited.

Waste management survey. Through February 28, the Delta Institute is seeking input from municipal leaders, managers, decision makers, or waste and recycling managers via its waste management survey. Participants will receive a high-level snapshot of local and regional waste trends, as well as a tailored analysis of community waste management costs, environmental impacts, and opportunities to reduce waste. Contact Brittany Gifford ( or 312-554-0900 x27)

America in Bloom awards. The 2014 National America in Bloom Awards program celebrates community-led efforts to improve livability through greening and sustainability. Applications are due February 28. Contact Edith Makra ( or 312-201-4506).

Water quality conference. The Approaching Climate Change for Water Resource Adaptation project is accepting abstract submissions through February 28 for the conference "Water Quality 2014: Food and Water for the Future," which will be held May 13-14 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Early-bird registration is now open. 

Local Technical Assistance

UIC News covered the development of a multimodal transportation plan for University of Illinois at Chicago and visioning workshops set for February 12. The first session starts at 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center West, MM Thompson Room and the second starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Student Center East, Cardinal Room 329. Stakeholders can also provide input at through today. 

As described in a Cook County blog, 45 individuals attended the second 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 sessions are scheduled for the North Cook workshop on February 4 in Arlington Heights. See this email's Events section and the registration web page for more information. Stakeholders can also provide input via on-line survey through today (also available in Spanish).

Residents of Addison, Bensenville, Villa Park, and Wood Dale can provide feedback on the types and location of housing they'd like to see in their communities at through March 27. Feedback will be incorporated into the Homes for a Changing Region plan under development for this cluster of communities in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. 


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. To be added to that distribution, contact Justine Reisinger ( or 312-386-8802).

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).

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

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 (


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 
UIC Multimodal Transportation Plan Visioning Workshop
February 12, 2014
Session Option 1: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Student Center West-MM Thompson Room: 828 S. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago
Session Option 2: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Student Center East-Cardinal Room 329: 750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago
Hosted by University of Illinois at Chicago and CMAP