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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-11-17

Aug 18, 2017

Alternative Futures: Constrained Resources

There's still time to register for the final Alternative Futures forum, "Doing More with Less in 2050," on Tuesday, August 15, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the Libertyville Civic Center (135 W. Church St., Libertyville). The event is co-sponsored by the Lake County Municipal League,McHenry County Council of Governments, and Northwest Municipal Conference.

This month's featured future, Constrained Resources, considers how our region can adapt to diminishing state and federal funds for needed infrastructure and services. As shown in a new interactive chart from CMAP, for example, current state transportation fees and taxesare not keeping upwith operating costs.

Weigh in about Constrained Resources via web survey, kiosks, workshops, or video. And through August, you can do the same with our four prior futures.

Alternative Futures: City Club of Chicago

A limited number of seats remain, so register now for CMAP executive director Joe Szabo's talk at the City Club of Chicago onWednesday, August 30. The speech -- "Alternative Futures: What will shape Chicagoland's quality of life and economic prosperity" -- will recap input from the past five months of public engagement and will preview the three key principles of ON TO 2050. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano's Banquets (111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago).

CMAP happenings

Berwyn public hearing
The City of Berwyn will host a public hearing for its new zoning ordinance at Berwyn's City Hall (6700 W. 26th St., Berwyn) on Thursday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from the City, Berwyn Development Corporation, and CMAP will present the ordinance, answer questions, and provide clarification. Please contact Jacob Seid ( or 312-386-8646) with questions about the meeting. This project was completed with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

Maine-Northfield public visioning
CMAP and Cook County invite the public to a visioning workshop on theMaine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Planon Wednesday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Apollo School (10100 Dee Rd., unincorporated Des Plaines). Read anExisting Conditions Reportto learn about the strengths, issues, and opportunities for this unincorporated area that is home to more than 36,000 residents. Follow this LTA-supported project onFacebookor contact John Carlisle (jcarlisle@cmap.illinois.govor 312-386-8839) with questions.

Green Infrastructure now in Portuguese
Thanks to an enterprising Brazilian planner, the ON TO 2050 Green Infrastructure strategy paper is now available in Portuguese. While we don't have any staff fluent in that language to verify its particulars, we're flattered that someone went to such lengths.

ON TO 2050 outreach
Thank you to ComEd, Young Professionals in Transportation Chicago, and Ill. Rep. Steven Andersson's Senior Fair for hosting discussions and workshops about ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures this week. To arrange a discussion or workshop for your organization, contact Jane Grover (312-386-8802 or


Planning in the news

Lack of immigration contributing to Chicago's population decline
Crain's Chicago Business reported on a recent Brookings Institution report showing international immigrants are bypassing Chicago. The article cited the recent ON TO 2050 Demographics Snapshot and a CMAP Policy Update.

Soles and Spokes
A study published in the Transportation Research Record addresses the relative lack of research on access to and quality of pedestrian infrastructure by race and income. Another study in the same journal looks at the different spending levels and habits of people who use multi-use trails primarily for recreation and those using the trails primarily for exercise. A report from the National Center for Safe Routes to School reveals there was a small increase nationally between 2007-08 and 2014in the number of students walking to school.

Trucking industry being remade in Chicago
Crain's also reported on recent changes in the local trucking and freight industry, and why industry leaders and funders have focused on Chicago.

Denver residents look to Chicago
The Denver Business Journal wrote about research from Redfin showing that, as popularity and housing prices rise in Denver, residents are frequently searching for homes in the Chicago region instead.


Around the region

Bicycle planning tour
Register today for a guided Divvy tour of recent neighborhood bicycle projects and learn about neighborhood-level planning activities under way from the Chicago Department of Transportation. The tour, hosted by the American Planning Association - Chicago Metro section, is Friday, August 18, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will start at the Broadway and Wilson Divvy station.

EPA launches Water Finance Clearinghouse
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center has developed a Water Finance Clearinghouse to help communities efficiently access information on water infrastructure finance options. The web-based portal can help communities locate information and resources that will assist them in making informed decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs.

Public sector energy efficiency program
Municipalities, park districts, libraries, schools, townships, and other local governments throughout the ComEd®, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas services areas are invited to apply through December 31 to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program. The program provides funding and technical assistance to help local governments update and retrofit public facilities and/or streetlights. For more information contact Brian Tomkins ( or 312-201-4508).

2017 Indiana MPO Conference
is now open for the 2017 MPO Conference on September 26-28, in Michigan City, Indiana. The conference is hosted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Committee.


Doing More with Less in 2050
Libertyville Civic Center
135 W. Church St.
Libertyville, IL 60048
August 15, 2017
4:00 p.m.

Berwyn Public Hearing
Berwyn's City Hall
6700 W. 26th St.
Berwyn, IL 60402
August 30, 2017
11:30 a.m.

City Club of Chicago: ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures
Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
August 30, 2017
11:30 a.m.
Register now