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May 2, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-2-14

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Call for Projects:  Local Technical Assistance and Community Planning Programs.  Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at Proposed local planning projects should implement recommendations of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan.  Applications are due at noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  An informational session will be held at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago) on Tuesday, June 3 at 9:00 a.m.  To RSVP or be added to our LTA distribution list, contact Dan Olson ( or 312-386-8760).  Join the conversation -- we will be tweeting related information using #CMAPLTA.  Additionally, CMAP is cosponsoring GreenTown Chicago on May 21-22 and has a limited number of complimentary admissions for municipal staff, as well as elected and appointed officials.  To RSVP, contact Berenice Vallecillos (bvallecillos@cmap.illinois.govby today.  Attendees can participate in an "LTA track" to learn about successful projects from around the region.

Federal transportation reauthorization.  On April 29, the U.S. Department of Transportation released legislative language for the GROW AMERICA Act, which would provide $302 billion over four years for the federal government's surface transportation program, including highway, transit, rail, and safety programs.  As described in our Policy Update, it includes a number of provisions that are broadly consistent with GO TO 2040 -- it provides a much-needed boost in funding, empowers regions and local decision makers, supports congestion pricing, and moves toward more performance-based project selection.  It particularly increases resources for non-highway modes and freight, focuses on repairing existing infrastructure, expands competitive funding programs, better links transportation investments with other policy areas, and supports streamlined project delivery and innovative financing.

Policy Updates.  We published the first in a series of three Policy Updates that assess the potential for increased energy efficiency in the region's manufacturing sector.  The first piece reviews current consumption patterns and uptake of energy efficiency improvements. 

Other News and Announcements

Clean water project tracking.  Nonpoint source pollution prevention and mitigation activities are essential to improving water quality in the region's rivers and streams.  For many years, CMAP has assisted local agencies and governments in implementing projects administered through the Clean Water Act Section 319 program.  A new summary and map of those projects can be found on CMAP's website

Soles and Spokes.  We highlighted a new step-by-step guide from the League of American Bicyclists to help communities and organizations create Bike-to-Work events.  We also featured a new People For Bikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking report on how protected bike lanes can increase economic activity for nearby businesses.

Affordable urbanism.  The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Illinois and Chaddick Institute will host an event regarding neighborhood revitalization and mixed-income development on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at DePaul University (14 E. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago).  Register on-line

Nonprofit management conference.  On June 2-3, the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management will host "Next Practices," a symposium to help organizations move beyond the status quo and pursue innovative strategies, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago).  CMAP's Bob Dean will speak on a panel, "Aligning Priorities:  Government, Foundations, and Nonprofits," with representatives from The Chicago Community Trust and IFF on the second day.  Register on-line

Grant management workshop.  Grant Writing USA and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy will host a grant management class on June 9-10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy (2000 N. 5th Avenue, River Grove).

Local Technical Assistance

Check out the new website for the Illinois Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan at  This multi-year effort with Lake County and the Illinois Tollway will engage relevant stakeholders in a facilitated, open process to create a plan for land use, open space, local transportation, and economic development within a two-mile buffer of the proposed IL 53/120 right of way. 

Yorkville, Oswego, and Montgomery plan to explore potential ways to coordinate and share municipal services;  read more in the Beacon-News

Streetsblog described a number of initiatives underway in Rosemont, including the development of a new comprehensive plan


Municipal survey.  CMAP has distributed its biennial municipal survey to the region's 284 municipalities and is seeking municipalities' responses by May 16.  

FLIP applications.  Applications are available for the 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning 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).

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.


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
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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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