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CMAP Weekly Update, 3-17-17

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Federal budget proposal. A new CMAP Policy Update examines how the Trump Administration's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would affect transportation, housing, and other programs in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Lower Salt Creek meeting. CMAP and project partners DuPage County Stormwater Management and theDuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup, with funding from Illinois EPA, are developing a watershed-based plan for the Lower Salt Creek Watershed -- the area that drains to Salt Creek from below the outlet of Busse Lake near Elk Grove Village down to Salt Creek's confluence with the Des Plaines River in Lyons. The study area is located primarily in eastern DuPage and western Cook Counties and spans 34 municipalities and 11 townships. Join us for a public kickoff meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at Elmhurst City Hall (209 N. York St., Elmhurst).

Planning Coordinating Committee meeting. Anewly added meeting of the Planning Coordinating Committee will be held on Wednesday, April 12, at 8:00 a.m. Meeting materials will be posted a week in advance. Please direct questions to Kristin Ihnchak (312-676-7462 or Elizabeth Schuh (312-386-8681

Other News and Announcements

2017 Technical Assistance Symposium.Registrationis now open for the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium on Tuesday, May 16, at Roosevelt University (Murray-Green Library, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago), co-hosted by CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The symposium will mark the release of the 2017Call for Projectsfor the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Community Planning programs. In addition to learning about potential technical assistance opportunities, attendees will have the chance to discuss best practices with past award recipients and get one-on-one input on the application process. Elected officials, municipal and County planners and staff, community-based organizations, nonprofits, civic organizations, and consulting firms that work with communities are encouraged to attend. Registrationis required, and the cost is $30.

Soles and Spokes.Trailnet of St. Louis published a guide to temporary, pop-up traffic calming installations. Amtrak has introduced a policy allowing carry-on bicycles on select trains (including trains from Chicago to Milwaukee and from Chicago to Grand Rapids).

CMAQ in the news. Patch reported on a $1.2 million plan to build a parking lot at the Grayland Metra station. The project was partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

Downtown Lisle Visioning Workshop. Please join the Village of Lisle for an interactive visioning workshop from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center (1925 Ohio Street, Lisle). The event, hosted by Houseal Lavigne Associates, will include several hands-on activities that will help shape the future of Downtown Lisle. Participants will weigh in on what Downtown should look like, including the scale, character, and location of future development. CMAP staff will also present an update on the Parking Management Study being conducted by the Local Technical Assistance program.

Aurora housing. The Beacon-News mentioned an LTA-supported Homes for a Changing Region project in a story about housing costs in Aurora.

CTA rail cars. The Chicago Tribunereported on construction of an assembly plant that will produce up to 846 new rail cars for the CTA.

Arbor Day events. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), a partnership of the Morton Arboretum and several other agencies in the region, are hosting a number of events leading up to Arbor day on April 28. Find the full listing on CRTI's website and if your organization is hosting an additional event fill out the form to add it to the list.


Alternative Futures Forum. Don't forget to register today for the first forum in our Alternative Futures Forum series, "Thriving in a Changing Climate," on Thursday, April 6, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., co-sponsored and hosted by the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago). From April through August, CMAP will highlight five "alternative futures," each with a distinct set of factors that could significantly shape our region for decades to come.

FLIP application. Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP), CMAP's youth leadership program, is now accepting applications for the summer 2017 program. High school students with an interest in urban planning, civic engagement, and learning how to make their communities better are encouraged to apply. Application materials are due May 15 for the July program.

Metra survey. Metra is seeking input about its fare structure and ticket options through March 31.

Regional stormwater management regulations. Public comments are being accepted through Friday, March 31, on proposed amendments to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's (MWRD) Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO). Comment by email ( or postal mail to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Local Sewer Systems Section, 111 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611.

RTA call for projects. The RTA released a call for projects on March 1 for federally funded Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program funding. Applications are due May 1. Visit RTA's website for additional information and to download the application.

Transport Chicago call for proposals. The call for proposals is now open for the 32nd annual Transport Chicago conference, to be held on Friday, June 9, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago). A 250-word description is required for all proposals, and must be submitted online by Saturday, March 25. See more at the Transport Chicago website.


Rain Ready Calumet Corridor Launch
March 22, 2017
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
South Suburban College, Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 State St., South Holland
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Wilmington Downtown Plan Public Kickoff Event
March 22, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wilmington City Hall, 1165 S. Water St., Wilmington
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Summit on Livable Communities
March 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago
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Grant Writing Workshop
March 27 and 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
South Suburban College, Business and Career Institute, 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Room 5250, Oak Forest
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Illinois Lake Management Association Annual Conference
March 30 - April 1, 2017
Crystal Lake Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake
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New Perspectives on Growing Local Economies
April 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois University, 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb
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Alternative Futures Forum: Thriving in a Changing Climate
April 6, 2017
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
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Lower Salt Creek Watershed Public Kickoff
April 6, 20171:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst
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U.S. Census Workshop: Housing Data
April 19, 2017
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago
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Transportation Research Forum Annual Conference
April 20 and 21, 2017
University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East Building, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago
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2017 LTA Symposium
May 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Roosevelt University, Murray-Green Library, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
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