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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-19-17

May 26, 2017

MPO rule repeal signed into law

In December 2016, U.S. DOT issued a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination rule that would have had significant impacts on metropolitan Chicago and neighboring regions.  Read CMAP's official reaction to the repeal of the rule, signed into law by President Trump last week.

FLIP deadline extended

CMAP has extended the deadline for high school students to apply to the Summer 2017 Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program to Friday, June 9
Each summer FLIP teens from across the region learn about urban planning, solve real-world problems, take field trips, and get involved with issues that will shape the future. The 2017 week-long summer program will focus on how to plan for Alternative Futures that could affect our region, including issues such as changed climate and innovative transportation.
Local high school students looking for an enriching experience can learn about the program and watch a behind-the-scenes video from previous students in the program. Encourage a high school student you know to apply soon.

Housing strategy paper released

Read CMAP's latest ON TO 2050 strategy paper, Expanding Housing Choice, which identifies ways to help communities and the region provide the types of housing residents demand.  The paper highlights research, education, planning, and funding strategies that CMAP should continue or expand, as well as needed activities that would be better suited for regional partners to implement and lead.  For more information, contact Jonathan Burch ( or 312-386-8620.)  

Read more about housing choice.

What if more people choose walkable, mixed-use communities by 2050?

As our Alternative Futures public engagement campaign continues, we want to hear from you.  Take survey about Walkable Communities to let us know what you think about the trend of more people wanting to live in mixed-use communities with easy access to shops and amenities.  Knowing your preferences and priorities will help us plan for this future.  CMAP will carefully consider all input while drafting ON TO 2050, the region's next comprehensive plan, which is scheduled for adoption in October 2018.
Through August, residents can also give feedback on this and the other Alternative Futures via interactive kiosks, videos, workshops, forums, and on Twitter and Facebook with #2050BigIdeas.   

Planning in the news

CMAQ in the news
WREX TV in Rockford covered the start of construction of a bus-on-shoulder project on the Edens Expressway, announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program partially funded this project.

Chicago region in 2050
WTTW reported on the Alternative Futures campaign going on now through August. 

Soles and Spokes
A U.S. Department of Transportation report outlines why and how to apply design flexibility in creating multimodal transportation networks.  A research report from the Arup firm highlights social, economic, environmental, and political benefits of walkable communities.  The Federal Highway Administration updated its webpage on bicycle and pedestrian funding sources to account for the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

CMAP Happenings

Call for Projects now open
The 2017 Call for Projects for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning programs is now open, and applications are due by Thursday, June 29.  Download the program guide to see how your community can benefit from assistance.
Regional Housing Initiative
The RHI has helped develop affordable housing in 22 communities around the region and is now accepting developer applications for 2017.  Developers also interested in applying for the Illinois Housing Development Authority's low-income tax credits should contact Jonathan Burch ( or 312-386-8690) to set up an informational interview by Friday, June 2, and apply by Friday, June 23.
Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The Village of Arlington Heights will host a public open house for its new bicycle and pedestrian plan on Thursday, June 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Buechner Room of Village Hall (33 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights).  The Arlington Heights Post wrote about the project, which is supported by the CMAP LTA program.  Contact John O'Neal ( 
TIP conformity public comment
The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a special conformity analysis of GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for public comment.  The analysis incorporates the preferred alternative for IDOT's project on I-290.  This analysis is part of the process for the Federal Highway Administration to issue a Record of Decision on the project.  Comment on the analysis and amendment  by mail, email, or phone (312-386-8717) through Tuesday, May 30.
North Lawndale Conference
Register now for the second annual Planning Conference hosted by CMAP and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council on Saturday, June 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at DRW College Prep (931 S. Homan Ave., Chicago).  A community resource fair starts at 10:00 a.m.  The conference will continue work on the North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan.  

Around the region

McHenry County Active Communities Forum 
The McHenry County Active Communities Forum will be held on Friday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Centegra Huntley Hospital (Foglia Conference Room A, 10400 Haligus Rd., Huntley).  Speakers will discuss how to integrate land use and transportation to promote a healthy and active community.  Lunch will be provided at the free event.  Registration is required.
Waterway grants
Applications are due Monday, July 10, for Chi-Cal Rivers Fund grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to reduce stormwater runoff, enhance habitat, and improve public access along major waterways in Chicago and the Calumet region. 
Planning in Pullman
The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center highlighted the Pullman National Monument, including CMAP's efforts to partner with the National Parks Conservation Association to create a Pullman Transportation Plan for the area.


Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Open House 
Arlington Heights Village Hall, 
Buechner Room
33 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60065 
June 1, 2017
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
North Lawndale Planning Conference
DRW College Prep
931 S. Homan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624 
June 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility
Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick Tribune Campus Center
3201 S. State St. 
Chicago, IL 60616 
June 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.