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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-11-14

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CMAP Board recap. At its meeting on Wednesday, April 9, the Board discussed the state legislative update and the staff recommendations on Regional Tax Policy Principles and sustainable funding strategies for the agency.  The Board will meet next on May 14.  
Policy Updates.  We analyzed the new Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC) proposal to reform transportation funding in Illinois.  It seeks to generate an additional $1.8 billion annually to support both pay-as-you-go spending and bonding. 
Agenda and registration:  GreenTown Chicago.  The agenda and registration for GreenTown Chicago, to be held May 21-22, 2014, are now available.  CMAP is cosponsoring the event and attendees can participate in an "LTA track" to learn about successful Local Technical Assistance projects from around the region in advance of our next call for LTA projects, which is set to open May 2 and close June 26.  CMAP is offering a limited number of complimentary admissions for municipal staff (one per community) -- to RSVP, contact Berenice Vallecillos ( by Monday, April 21. 

Other News and Announcements

TAP in the news.  The League of Illinois Bicyclists Spring 2014 newsletter highlights bicycle projects that received more than $17 million in funding from CMAP's Transportation Alternatives Program.
Transportation reauthorization.  Senate leaders of the Environment and Public Works Committee announced yesterday that they have a bi-partisan agreement on principles for the federal reauthorization bill that would succeed MAP-21.  Details and video of the news conference are available from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
Soles and Spokes.  The Federal Highway Administration's Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety offers best practices for inspection and routine maintenance of pedestrian facilities in order to increase safety and reduce long-term costs.
Conservation area plan.  The Crystal Lake Park District will host a public meeting to solicit input on a draft plan for the Prairie Ridge Conservation Area on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Park Place (406 W. Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake).  The new plan partially builds on recommendations from the Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed Plan, which was developed with support from CMAP. 
Health policy training.  The Illinois Public Health Institute will host a free training workshop, Health In All Policies, on May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at CMAP offices.  Register on-line.  
State transportation program.  Governor Quinn released a six-year, $8.6­ billion transportation program for new construction, repairs, and improvements. 

Local Technical Assistance

Municipal staff and elected officials are invited to attend a free form-based codes workshop on May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at CMAP offices.  Sponsored by CMAP and the Form-Based Codes Institute, the workshop will feature local and national experts and explain how this different approach to zoning can help communities reach their economic revitalization goals.  Attendees will also learn about opportunities to apply for form-based code assistance through the next LTA call for projects.  Space is limited for this event.  To RSVP, contact Stephen Ostrander (312-386-8696 or
The American Planning Association will highlight "Parking Strategies to Support Livable Communities" at an event on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at their Chicago office (205 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200).  CMAP's Lindsay Bayley will discuss how the toolkit is being used to develop parking management strategies for the Village of Hinsdale and Chicago's Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood.
The Village of Niles adopted its bicycle and pedestrian plan, which will help implement the community's Environmental Action Plan.  Read more at The Bugle.


Municipal survey.  CMAP has distributed its biennial municipal survey to the region's 284 municipalities and is seeking municipalities' responses by May 16.  
Community Data Snapshots updated.  Several tables in CMAP's Community Data Snapshots have been updated with information from the recently released U.S. Census Bureau's 2008-12 American Community Survey.  For more information, contact Liz Panella ( or 312-386-8839).
FLIP applications.  Applications are available for the 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.  Participating high school students from throughout the region meet one Saturday per month to learn about issues that shape our region's economy and quality of life.  Priority deadline applications must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, May 30, 2014.  Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).
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.  Contact Joey-Lin Silberhorn ( 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.


Carol Stream public meeting
April 23, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Fire Protection District Headquarters:  365 North Kuhn Road, Carol Stream
Hosted by Carol Stream and CMAP
Form-Based Codes workshop
May 16, 2014
9:00 a.m. to noon
CMAP offices:  233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by the Form-Based Codes Institute and CMAP
GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, 2014
Downtown Chicago
Supported by the City of Chicago, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and CMAP
Progress on the GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan roundtable
May 29, 2014 
12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Metropolitan Planning Council offices:  140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago
Hosted by MPC