CMAP Weekly Update, 7-19-13
July 19, 2013
Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, funding now available for non-motorized transportation projects such as bicycle and pedestrian facilities through new federal Transportation Alternatives Program, Policy Update blogs on tax policy indicators and nation's first road usage fee in Oregon, and more. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.
Other News and Announcements
LTA program. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:
- The City of Berwyn and Berwyn Development Corporation are seeking resident feedback through the end of July at http://www.berwyn.metroquest.com/ on different signage and development options as they work to update the City's zoning ordinance. The update is recommended by the Berwyn Comprehensive Plan, which was unanimously adopted last fall.
- By visiting http://wpb.metroquest.com, those who live, work, and play in Chicago's Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood can provide input on parking and active transportation in to help inform the Innovation in Parking Management Plan under development with the local Chamber of Commerce/ Special Service Area #33.
- The DuPage Water Commission, MPC, and MWH Global, in partnership with CMAP, will hold a workshop on working with indoor and outdoor water uses on July 31 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the DuPage Water Commission Headquarters (600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst). For more information or to RSVP, contact Jenessa Rodriguez (Rodriguez@dpwc.org or 630-834-0100).
- The Daily Herald and Lake County News-Sun previewed yesterday's open house for the draft Antioch lifestyle corridor plan.
- The Franklin Park Herald-Journal covered last week's meeting to solicit public input from local business owners for development of a local O'Hare industrial corridor plan.
- The Morton Grove Champion described a meeting held last week where around 40 local business people learned about the industrial areas plan under development for the community.
CMAP media tip sheet. CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on an ongoing Policy Updates series on tax policy indicators, CMAP's Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region (which was also featured in a newsletter from the National Association of Regional Councils), efforts to support sustainable local food systems in Lake County, and the recent call for projects through CMAP's LTA program and the Regional Transportation Authority's Community Planning Program.
Bike commuter challenge. For the sixth year in a row, CMAP won the Bike Commuter Challenge for public agencies with 100 to 499 employees. Our staff had a 55.9-percent participation rate.
Applications due next week: Activate Union Station. Applications are due Wednesday, July 24 for MPC's "Activate Union State" 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.
BRT newsletter. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) released a newsletter on bus rapid transit this month, featuring entries from its station design competition, a video, and steps organizations can take to support BRT.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted the recent update of the Federal Highway Administration's on-line pedestrian safety education tool designed for school-aged children, "Safer Journey." We also announced the Chicago Department of Transportation's piloting of an "all-way" pedestrian crossing, at which a traffic signal phase stops all vehicular traffic and pedestrians can cross in any direction, including diagonally.
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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/ILBikePlanRSVP. A new interactive survey is also now available on-line.
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 (email@example.com or 312-386-8766).
Stormwater utilities guide. A recent CMAP publication describes how local governments can use stormwater utilities to address local flooding and drainage problems. For additional information on the publication, contact Jesse Elam (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8688).
Transportation Enhancement Program. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for the 2013 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). A guidelines manual is available for reference. Proposals are due August 20, 2013.
Hosted by the City of Chicago Heights and CMAP
Working with Indoor and Outdoor Water uses workshop
July 31, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
DuPage Water Commission headquarters: 600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
Hosted by the DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council, MWH Global, and CMAP