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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-18-17

Aug 25, 2017

ON T0 2050 Alternative Futures

Only a few weeks remain to give your feedback on all five of CMAP's Alternative Futures. This is the time to make your voice heard on Changed Climate, Walkable Communities, Innovative Transportation, Transformed Economy, and Constrained Resources.
We want to hear from you via kiosks, videos, workshops, web surveys, and conversations on Twitter and Facebook using #2050BigIdeas. CMAP will carefully consider all input while drafting ON TO 2050, the region's next comprehensive plan, which will be adopted in October 2018. 
About 125 people attended the final Alternative Futures Forum Series event, "Doing More With Less in 2050," on Tuesday at the Libertyville Civic Center. Read a recap or listen to audio of the event, and read a Chicago Tribune interview with panelist Paula Wolff about the importance of prioritizing infrastructure investments that improve safety and support economic growth and development.

CMAP Happenings

City Club of Chicago Alternative Futures
A limited number of seats remain, so register now for CMAP executive director Joe Szabo's talk at the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday, 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). 
Public comment for CMAQ, TAP-L, and TIP through September 4
CMAP has released the proposed FFY 2018-22 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and FFY 2018-20 Transportation Alternatives Program-Local (TAP-L) for a public review and comment period. Comments on the program of projects may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400).
The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a conformity analysis of GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the cover memo and list of conformity amendments. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400).
ON TO 2050 outreach
Thank you to Green Drinks Joliet, the Planning and Zoning Committee for the Village of Buffalo Grove, Uber, and the American Institute of Architects for hosting ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures workshops and discussions this week. To arrange a workshop for your organization, contact Jane Grover (312-386-8802 or 
Crystal Lake open house
Mark your calendar for a public open house on the Crystal Lake Transportation Plan on Monday, September 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Crystal Lake City Hall (100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake). A draft of the plan will be available for public review and comment. This project is supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

Planning in the news

Public visioning for unincorporated Maine-Northfield townships
The Journal-Topics newspaper reported on an upcoming public visioning workshop for the Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan to be held on Wednesday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Apollo School (10100 Dee Rd., in unincorporated Maine Township). Read an Existing Conditions Report to learn about the issues and opportunities for this unincorporated area that is home to more than 36,000 residents. This project is supported by CMAP's LTA program. Follow the project on Facebook or contact John Carlisle ( or 312-386-8839) with questions.  
North Branch Trail
A three-mile extension of the North Branch Trail opened on Thursday, August 12, creating a connection that enables people to travel 22 miles between the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Chicago's Northwest Side. Two CMAP programs, CMAQ and TAP-L, provided full federal funding for this extension. Read more in DNAInfo Chicago.
CMAQ in the news
The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Chicago's plans to integrate Divvy and Ventra, the CTA's fare payment system. Streetsblog Chicago reported that the new Washington-Wabash consolidated L station will open on August 31. Both projects were partially funded by CMAQ.
Soles and Spokes
An article in Momentum Magazine reports on efforts to increase fairness, justice, and equity in the provision of bicycle infrastructure. An article in Outside Magazine looks at how -- and why -- cities are working to promote active lifestyles for residents. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership produced a toolkit to help communities organize walking school buses.
CMAP director to speak on regional action
The Tennessean previewed the ninth annual Power of Ten Regional Summit, taking place August 23 in Nashville, where CMAP executive director Joe Szabo will give a keynote speech on the value of regional planning and collaboration.

Around the region

RFP for solar job training 
The Chicago Community Trust is calling for proposals from qualified organizations to design a pipeline program to prepare people from diverse communities to meet the anticipated workforce demand for photovoltaic solar installation in Illinois. The deadline is August 31. 


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.
Maine-Northfield Public Visioning
Apollo School
10100 Dee Rd.
Unincorporated Maine Township, IL
August 30, 2017
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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