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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-23-17

Jun 30, 2017

Draft ON TO 2050 Preview Report

Please set aside some time to read and comment on a draft report previewing ON TO 2050 recommendations organized by three overarching principles:

  • Resilience.  A strong region requires communities, infrastructure, and systems that are able to thrive in the face of uncertain future economic, fiscal, and environmental shifts.
  • Inclusive growth.  Long-term regional economic prosperity requires increased economic opportunity and improved quality of life for all residents.
  • Prioritized investment.  Achieving regional goals in an era of limited resources requires coordinated prioritization of investments across sectors, including infrastructure, land use, and our economy.

Submit comments to by Thursday, August 3.  CMAP will incorporate feedback and release the final version of this preview report in October 2017.  A draft of the full ON TO 2050 plan will be released for comment in June 2018, with adoption scheduled for October 2018.
Read the draft preview document

Innovative Transportation survey

What changes will transportation technologies bring by 2050?  Take a web survey about "Innovative Transportation," the ON TO 2050 Alternative Future for June.  Hear more about this future in a recent WGN Radio segment.

Yesterday more than 100 people attended an Alternative Futures forum, "Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility," hosted and co-sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Look for our event recap next week.

You can provide input on all five futures via interactive kiosks, videos, workshops, and forums, along with Twitter and Facebook using #2050BigIdeas.  Also, register for the next forum, "The Future of Economic Opportunity," at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, at the Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium and co-sponsored by Cook County, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Southwest Conference of Mayors, and Will County Governmental League.
Take the survey

CMAP happenings

CMAP executive director to speak at City Club
Save the date of Wednesday, August 30, when CMAP executive director Joe Szabo will address the City Club of Chicago.  The talk -- "Alternative Futures: What will shape Chicagoland's quality of life and economic prosperity" -- will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano's Banquets (111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago).  Registration is now open. 

Call for Projects
The Call for Projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning programs is open for applications until June 29. Download a program guide to find out how your community can benefit from technical assistance in the areas of transportation, land use planning, and implementation.

Alternative Futures public workshop
Richton Park will host a public workshop to discuss Alternative Futures from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at the Richton Park Community Center (4445 Sauk Trail, Richton Park).  Attendees will be encouraged to share feedback on how planning can help the future of the region and Richton Park in particular.  CMAP will carefully consider input from the workshop when drafting ON TO 2050.

Des Plaines open house
The City of Des Plaines and CMAP's LTA program need your help in developing the next comprehensive plan that will set the vision, goals, and objectives of the City over the next 10 years. Attend an open house at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at the Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood Ave., Des Plaines) to share your thoughts.

ON TO 2050 outreach
This week, we would like to thank the following groups and organizations for hosting Alternative Futures events: ArcelorMittal, the Warehouse Project, Chicago Conservation Corps, the residents of the Village of SchaumburgSchaumburg Farmers Market, and the Growing Home Block Party.  To schedule a workshop, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802). 

Planning in the news

Census data shows population shifts in Chicago region
Crain's Chicago Business and Evanston Now highlighted a new CMAP Policy Update about regional implications of new U.S. Census data on age composition and trends in population.  The seven-county region continues to lag behind peer regions in population growth, as the population decline first seen in 2015 persisted into 2016.  Metropolitan Chicago's population is aging, as well as losing children ages 19 and under and adults ages 35-49 years -- a sign that families are leaving.  A subsequent Policy Update will analyze trends in the region's racial and ethnic diversity.  The Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald also wrote about the Census data.
Read the Policy Update

CMAQ in the news
The City of Chicago announced an expansion of the Divvy bike sharing system, as reported in Streetsblog.  The Divvy program is funded in part by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

LTA in the news
The Journal-Topics reported on the new Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.  The Aurora Beacon-News wrote about an open house for the new Downtown Master Plan.  Both plans were developed through CMAP's LTA program.


Des Plaines Open House
Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
June 28, 2017
6:00 p.m.
More information

The Future of Economic Opportunity
Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium
2010 N. Chestnut Rd.
Homewood, IL 60430
July 19, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Register now

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