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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-12-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, new climate adaptation toolkit for municipalities, further Policy Update analysis of latest quarterly Illinois Innovation Index, news on recently completed LTA projects in Lake County and New Lenox, and save the date for Metropolitan Planning Council annual luncheon. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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Climate adaptation toolkit. Scientific consensus is that the global climate is changing and that greenhouse gas emissions are chiefly responsible. To help mitigate climate change, the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan recommends important local steps such as improving energy efficiency and encouraging the use of low-carbon transportation alternatives that include walking, biking, and transit. While reducing emissions is critical to limit climate change, we would also be wise to prepare for its impacts. CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program has created a new resource at to help local municipalities adjust their planning and investment decisions to address future weather impacts. Contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688).

LTA applications.  CMAP received 66 applications for its Local Technical Assistance program through the call for projects that ended June 26, 2013.  Visit for a summary of applications, which will be discussed with CMAP's working committees through July, August, and early September, as well as with other stakeholder groups. Final recommendations will be brought to the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee in October.

Policy Updates. We followed up last week's post on the latest quarterly edition of the Illinois Innovation Index with further analysis of the region's concentration in computer technology -- one of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields -- as an opportunity to foster growth across various segments of the region's economy.

Applications due MONDAY: IDOT safety program. The Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting applications for FY2014 Local Rail/Highway Grade Crossing Safety Program. Applications are due Monday, July 15.  Contact Jason L. Johnson at 217-557-1399 with questions.

Other News and Announcements

LTA program.  Among recent highlights from CMAP's LTA program:
  • Since 2011, a group of nonprofit, public, and private partners in Lake County have collaborated to strengthen the county's sustainable food system. This two-year project resulted in a variety of resources and recommendations, both for exploring policy changes to better support sustainable agriculture as an economic development tool, as well as for updating the master plan for the Liberty Prairie Reserve -- an area of Lake County with an unique mix of sustainable agriculture and land preservation. Some of the key project deliverables include the Lake County Sustainable Local Food System Report, the Liberty Prairie Reserve Master Plan, and the master plan's summary brochure.
  • The Village of New Lenox adopted its U.S. Route 30 corridor implementation plan late last month.
  • Residents of Carpentersville, Elgin, and East and West Dundee can provide feedback on the types of housing they'd like to see in their communities and where via a mapping exercise and visual preference survey at through early August. Feedback will be incorporated into the Homes for a Changing Region plan under development for this cluster of communities in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.
  • In 2009, the Village of Hoffman Estates helped form the Golden Corridor Manufacturing Group (GCMG) to represent and organize manufacturing stakeholders in the area. Through CMAP's LTA program, the GCMG is seeking ways to expand and develop programs and resources that expose students and their parents, as well as school administrators, to the newly evolved manufacturing field and its career opportunities. Learn more about this project at
  • The Niles-Morton Grove Patch described a meeting held this week where around 40 local business people learned about the industrial areas plan under development for the community.
  • The Lake Zurich Courier highlighted an upcoming LTA project to develop a land use plan for communities located near the proposed Central Lake County Corridor, one of five new major capital projects recommended in GO TO 2040.
  • The Southtown Star covered the Village of Orland Park's efforts to conserve water, in part through a new code.
  • Residents can review the draft Antioch lifestyle corridor plan at the Village's Taste of Summer Festival this Thursday, July 18 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • The City of Chicago Heights will host a kick-off meeting for the development of its comprehensive plan on July 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at their City Hall Council Chambers (1601 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights).

Preservation Compact conference. The Preservation Compact will host a conference, Rental Housing in the New Economy, on July 18 at University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center East (750 S. Halsted Street, Third Floor). Richard Florida will deliver the keynote address.

Save the date:  MPC annual luncheon. The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will hold its annual luncheon on November 1 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive). They are currently accepting nominations for their Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning, with the winner to be announced at the luncheon.

Union Station contest. As described in the Daily Herald, MPC is still accepting submissions through July 24 in its "Activate Union Station" placemaking contest, with two prizes of $5,000 each for the best ideas. Winners will be selected to design, build, and program their visions, to be implemented at the station from August 24 to September 2.

Access to information.  Also in the Daily Herald, a new Illinois Policy Institute report looks at local government transparency, based on availability of certain information on 102 websites of suburban governments.

Public comment requested on amendment to Cook County Action Plan. Cook County is seeking public input on its draft Substantial Amendment to the 2012 Annual Action Plan through July 29, 2013. Written comments should be sent to Jennifer Miller, Program Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, 69 W. Washington, Suite 2900, Chicago, IL 60602, or In case you missed it, last week we highlighted the new approach taken by Cook County to its draft Annual Action Plan, an important resource for obtaining federal housing dollars, on our Policy Updates blog.

CMAQ in the news.  The Regional News highlighted a new pedestrian bridge set to open in Orland Park.  This project is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Fox River redevelopment. The Daily Herald had a lengthy story about successful redevelopment efforts by communities taking advantage of the Fox River as a natural asset.

Safe Routes to School. As described at Streetsblog Chicago, Active Trans is helping students take Safe Routes to School through the Chicago Public Schools' implementation of a "Healthy CPS" action plan. This is part of a national effort enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured a study by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program analyzing the relationship between economic performance and walkability in several neighborhoods throughout the greater Washington D.C. area. We also alerted readers to an upcoming symposium, to be held in Chicago from July 25-26 on Complete Streets and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) or "Smart Streets."


Congestion Pricing.  CMAP estimates that the implementation of congestion pricing on five GO TO 2040-recommended projects would increase business output, leading to nearly 40,000 new jobs and total increased wage income of some $2.3 billion within a decade after the expressways open. Learn more at To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Performance-based funding. GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria, and calls on the region's transportation stakeholders to develop and utilize the necessary performance measures. A new microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making. Our Policy Updates blog provides an overview of the microsite, including its compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

Building One America summit. Building One America will hold a National Summit July 18-19 in Washington D.C. on inclusive suburbs and sustainable regions with local elected officials, policy experts, and leadership from the White House and Congress. I will be speaking at the event to share best practices learned from our region's GO TO 2040 implementation activities. If interested in attending, you can get a discounted rate by entering the code "CMAP" at registration.

ITS America Symposium. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, CTA, and ITS Midwest will host the Complete Streets Symposium July 25-26 at CTA headquarters (567 West Lake Street, Chicago). Beth Osborne, Deputy Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, was recently announced as the keynote speaker.

State bike plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking public input on its Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan via a series of public meetings and webinar -- RSVP at  A new interactive survey is also now available on-line.

EI2 rebates. Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.

FLIP applications. Applications are still available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The final deadline for applications is September 23. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

ArcGIS workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and dates are set for October 2 to 3, November 6 to 7, and December 18 to 19. Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (



Bronzeville Retail Initiative community forum

NEW DATE:  July 13, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Room 43:  1039 E. 43rd Street, Chicago
Hosted by the Bronzeville Retail Initiative
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Round Lake Heights open house
July 13, 2013
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Annual Village Festival
Hosted by the Village of Round Lake Heights and CMAP
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Westchester open house
July 16, 2013
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Westchester Community Church:  1840 Westchester Boulevard, Westchester
Hosted by the Village of Westchester and CMAP
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Antioch open house
July 18, 2013
1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Taste of Summer Festival, Main Street Sidewalk Sale, Downtown Antioch
Hosted by the Village of Antioch and CMAP
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Richton Park community visioning workshop
July 18, 2013
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Richton Park Community Center: 4455 Sauk Trail Road, Richton Park
Hosted by the Village of Richton Park
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Chicago Heights planning meeting
July 24, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Heights City Hall:  1601 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights

Hosted by the City of Chicago Heights and CMAP
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