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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-4-14

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CMAP Board meeting.  The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

GreenTown Chicago.  CMAP is cosponsoring GreenTown Chicago from May 21-22, 2014, and an initial list of speakers, including myself, has been announced.  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.  Registration and agenda details will be available soon.  CMAP is offering a limited number of complimentary admissions for municipal staff (one per community).  To RSVP, contact Berenice Vallecillos (

Policy Updates.  CMAP has initiated an update to the GO TO 2040 plan in accordance with federal law.  As will be documented in an implementation action areas appendix, the update process allows CMAP to enhance the alignment of GO TO 2040 recommendations with responsible parties to reflect progress, restructuring of federal programs, and other variables since the plan's adoption in October 2010. 

Transportation funding.  The Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC) has released a 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. On Monday, we will post a Policy Update about the proposal.

Muni-Blast and survey.  CMAP's latest quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement GO TO 2040 livability recommendations.  The newsletter featured our biennial municipal survey, which was distributed to the region's 284 municipalities on Tuesday. CMAP is seeking municipalities' responses by May 16.  To be added to the Muni-Blast distribution, contact Justine Reisinger ( or 312-386-8802).

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.  Updated data includes housing, educational attainment, household income, and other population characteristics.  For more information, contact Liz Panella ( or 312-386-8839).


Other News and Announcements

Water report.  CMAP released its water quality activities report, which provides an overview of CMAP-led projects from 2013.

Soles and Spokes.  Soles and Spokes featured a Federal Highway Administration report on methods and tools for including the safety of bicyclists in road safety audits.

CMAQ in the news.  The Lake-County News Sun described a series of projects that received partial funding through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program, including the Washington Street grade separation in Grayslake, the River/Roberts roundabout in Lake Barrington, and the smart signals on Aptakisic and Gilmer Roads in Buffalo Grove and Hawthorn Woods, respectively.

Transit Future.  The Center for Neighborhood Technology and Active Transportation Alliance launched "Transit Future," a campaign which calls for a new revenue source to make capital investments in transit in Cook County, last night.  Read more in this press release.

Transit task force.  The Northeastern Illinois Transit Task Force released its final report this week, as described by the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Daily Herald, Beacon-News, ABC, and Streetsblog.

Interactive TOD map.  The Metropolitan Planning Council released a new interactive mapping tool that highlights which parcels of land in the City of Chicago are most likely to attract municipally offered incentives for development near transit.

Measuring sprawl.  Smart Growth America released a report, Measuring Sprawl 2014, which ranks metropolitan Chicago's land-use trends among the top U.S. regions.  Read more on our website.

Smart grid improvements.  ComEd's improvements to the "smart grid" increased the company's power system reliability to the best in its history in 2013.  The company is investing $2.6 billion over 10 years to "modernize the power system with digital technology and to replace, refurbish, and update electric equipment" across northern Illinois;  read more in this press release.

Transit access workshop.  The Regional Transportation Authority, in partnership with DePaul University's Chaddick Institute, will host a free Access to Transit workshop on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at DePaul University's downtown campus.  There are only a few remaining spaces available;  register on-line.

ILMA annual conference.  The 29th annual Illinois Lake Management Association conference will be held April 10-12, 2014 at the Timber Creek Inn and Suites in Sandwich, IL.  Learn more in this brochure.


Local Technical Assistance

A March update for all ongoing LTA projects is now available on-line.

The Village of Niles adopted its bicycle and pedestrian plan, which will help implement the community's Environmental Action Plan.  Read more at the Niles Herald-Spectator.

The City of Prospect Heights is developing a new comprehensive plan, as described by the Daily Herald.

The South East Chicago Commission will host the final two free workshops in its Green Healthy Neighborhoods in Action: Southside Sustainability Series on April 15 and 16.  Residents of the Woodlawn and Washington Park communities are invited, and topics will cover community gardens (Tuesday) and how to start a farmers' market (Wednesday).  The workshops helps implement the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Land Use Plan completed by the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development and community partners.  Contact Diane Burnham at South East Chicago Commission ( or 773-324-6926) for more workshop information.



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).

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.



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
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Regional Roundtable:  What does a Regional Economic Development Strategy look like for Chicago?
May 7, 2014
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Great Cities Institute:  412 South Peoria Street, Chicago
Hosted by the Great Cities Institute
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GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, 2014
Downtown Chicago
Supported by the City of Chicago, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and CMAP
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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
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