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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-9-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, Local Coordinating Committee to meet August 14, new report on local economic development incentives, toolkit to help planners incorporate arts and culture into local planning, draft 2012 Expressway Atlas out, and Policy Updates on a recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling and its potential impacts on local land use planning, as well as new pilot program in DuPage County. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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Board meeting in August. Note that this month's CMAP Board meeting has been cancelled. The Local Coordinating Committee will meet a 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14. For these and other meetings, please consult our events calendar to confirm dates and times.

Local economic development incentives.  A new CMAP report, Examination of Local Economic Development Incentives in Northeastern Illinois, analyzes how local governments use incentives to attract or retain businesses such as retail stores, auto dealerships, corporate offices, and manufacturing or warehousing industries. Economic development incentives are among the issues CMAP has been studying as recommended by CMAP's Regional Tax Policy Task Force. For more information, read a Policy Updateon the report or contact Lindsay Hollander ( or 312-386-8633).

New arts and culture planning toolkit.This week, CMAP released Arts and Culture Planning: A Toolkit for Communities. This new toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to help local planners incorporate more arts and culture into their communities by setting goals, identifying assets, and evaluating needs and impacts. It also includes model ordinance language to guide arts and culture activities within municipalities. For more information, contact Stephen Ostrander ( or 312-386-8696).

Expressway Atlas.CMAP has prepared a draft 2012 Expressway Atlas. The atlas provides a desktop reference of average annual daily traffic (AADT) volumes and other traffic system statistics and graphics for northeastern Illinois. This baseline data is useful for transportation system planning, but it also includes volume trends by location going back to 1984.

Policy Updates.A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has the potential to affect how local governments approve new developments, negotiate with developers, and set impact and other fees. We also described new legislation that will allow DuPage County to dissolve select small units of local government and consolidate their services in a transparent, open process.

Staff progress report.The fourth-quarter progress report (April through June) based on CMAP's work plan is now on-line.

Other News and Announcements

LTA program. An August update for all LTA projects is now available at Among recent highlights:

  • The DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council, and MWH Global, in partnership with CMAP, will hold a workshop on water rates and revenue on August 28 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 ( or 630-834-0100).
  • The Journal & Topics previewed last week's public meeting in Niles for the development of its bicycle and pedestrian plan. The bike-ped plan will help implement the Niles Environmental Action Plan.
  • An opinion piece by Lansing's director of planning and development in the Times of Northwest Indiana describes the Village's nearly complete comprehensive plan.


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes.CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured an on-line interactive map displaying the real-time distribution of the bicycles and docking stations for 98 of the largest bike-share systems around the world, including the City of Chicago's Divvy. We also highlighted a new on-line resource from Advocacy Advance called "Find It, Fund It!" that provides information on the eligibility of bike and pedestrian projects under federal transportation reauthorization legislation.


FY 2013-14 Transportation Alternatives program call for projects.CMAP is now accepting proposals to build bicycle and pedestrian facilities using funding from the new federal Transportation Alternatives Program. Local or regional government entities responsible for transportation or multi-use trails are eligible to apply. Applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the total project cost from non-federal sources, and these matching funds must already be committed when the proposal is submitted to CMAP. For more information, contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688). Applications are due August 20, 2013.

GO TO 2040 comment period.CMAP seeks comment on a proposed amendment that would add the Illiana Corridor project to the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan list of fiscally constrained projects. The 32-day comment period lasts from August 2 to September 3, 2013. The Board and MPO Policy Committee are scheduled to vote on the amendment in October. In addition, a conformity amendment to the FFY 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been released for comment through September 3, 2013. See the CMAP website for a description of conformity. To comment on either the GO TO 2040 or TIP amendments, please write to CMAP, ATTN Plan and TIP amendments, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago IL 60606. Comments can also be made via CMAP by e-mail, or phone (312-454-0400).

FY 2014-18 CMAQ program comment period.CMAP seeks comment on the proposed FY 2014-18 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The proposed $285 million five-year program includes projects that improve air quality, mitigate congestion, and help to implement GO TO 2040. The proposed program is available for public comment through 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013.

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.

Congestion pricing.Read about the regional effort to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around.

Performance-based funding.GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria. A CMAP microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making and includes a compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

EI2 rebates expiring soon.Time is running out to take advantage of rebates to improve the comfort of your home. Energy Impact Illinois-certified contractor availability is filing up fast and rebates of up to $1,750 are only available for those who complete work by September 20, 2013. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT today. EI2 was highlighted in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood View quarterly newsletter last month.

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).

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 ( or 312-386-8688).

The Art of Concrete Art.The Chicago Public Art Group will host an after-work party on state-of-the-art uses for concrete, including public art for civic spaces, on August 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete plant (2222 S. Lumber, Chicago). The event will feature live demonstrations by CPAG artists with stamped, stained, color-infused, polished, and exposed concrete. For more information, please contact CPAG's Jon Pounds (312-427-2724 or

Bike and chow.The Active Transportation Alliance is hosting a Four-Star Bike & Chow event Sunday, August 25. Participants can choose 12-, 22-, 35-, and 62-mile route options, with opportunities to try delicious snacks along the way. Early registration ends August 12 -- enter code "goto2040" for a $5 discount.


From Concrete to Abstract: The Art of Concrete Art
August 15, 2013
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete: 2222 S. Lumber, Chicago
Hosted by the Chicago Public Art Group
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Water Rates and Revenues workshop
August 28, 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
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