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September 9, 2013

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-13-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, presentations from the CMAP Board meeting, CMAP's fiscal year 2013 annual report is now available, the deadline for the Future Leaders in Planning program is September 23, the City of Des Plaines will host a public meeting on September 26 for development of the Apache Park Neighborhood Plan, which is being developed through the LTA program, and more. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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CMAP Board recap. The Board met on Wednesday and said farewell to two Board members, Marilyn Michelini and Mike Gorman. We want to thank them for their years of service to the CMAP Board. They are being replaced by Mayor of Aurora, Tom Weisner, and President of Western Springs, Bill Rodeghier. The Board heard a presentation on a new report, Examination of Local Economic Development Incentives in Northeastern Illinois, that staff produced as a follow-up to the recommendations that came out of the Regional Tax Policy Task Force. Staff also provided the Board with information on the process for the GO TO 2040 update that is already underway and will continue for the next year. Finally, the summary of the public comments that we received on the proposed amendment that would add the Illiana Corridor project to the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan list of fiscally constrained projects was presented and discussed. The memo includes links to all 965 public comments, 169 supporting the proposed amendment and 796 opposing it. Those numbers do not include two petitions submitted in opposition, with more than 3,700 total signatures. The Board and the MPO Policy Committee are scheduled to vote on the amendment at their joint meeting on October 9, at 9:30 a.m.

Annual report. CMAP's annual report for fiscal year 2013 is now available at

Other News and Announcements

Deadline approaching: FLIP. Now in its sixth year, CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program gets young people involved in the issues that shape our region. Please encourage high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply by September 23. Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:


  • The City of Des Plaines will host a public meeting for development of its Apache Park Neighborhood Plan on September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Stephen Church (1280 Prospect Avenue, Des Plaines). Residents can also provide feedback via an on-line survey and stay up to date on project developments via an app on the iPhone (English and Spanish) and Android (English and Spanish).
  • In 2009, the Village of Hoffman Estates helped form the Golden Corridor Manufacturing Group (GCMG) to represent and organize manufacturing stakeholders in the area. LTA is helping the GCMG seek ways to expand and develop programs and resources that expose students, parents, and school administrators to the newly evolved manufacturing field and its career opportunities. Learn more about this project at In recent news, the Hoffman Estates Village Board approved a contribution of up to $10,000 to support the GCMG next year. Read more in the Daily Herald, which highlights CMAP analysis of the manufacturing cluster.
  • The Journal & Topics highlighted the bicycle and pedestrian plan under development in Niles. The bike-ped plan will help implement the Niles Environmental Action Plan.
  • CMAP's Trevor Dick blogged about a recent tour by local organizations at the Joliet Correctional Center for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chicago. In cooperation with the City of Joliet, ULI Chicago sponsored a Technical Assistance Panel on redevelopment opportunities at the former prison, which culminated in a May 2012 report.

IL 53/120 progress. In partnership with Lake County and CMAP, the Illinois Tollway is forming a Finance Committee to evaluate the feasibility of constructing the IL 53 north extension and IL 120 bypass, one of five new major capital projects recommended in GO TO 2040. The Tollway's IL 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council proposed the project as a 21st Century Highway and will remain engaged in the Tollway's feasibility analysis, as well as the development of a land use plan that CMAP will initiate this fall through its LTA program. This multi-year CMAP effort will engage relevant municipalities, Lake County, the Illinois Tollway, the environmental and economic development communities, and other stakeholders in a facilitated, open process to create a plan for land use, open space, local transportation, and economic development within a two-mile buffer of the proposed IL 53/120 right of way. The Council will reconvene next Tuesday, September 17 to discuss the initiation of these two new efforts.

Sustainable transportation in the news. Last week, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley hosted a roundtable on sustainable transportation. CMAP's Bob Dean discussed the importance of linking land use planning with transportation for increased livability. Read more in Streetsblog Chicago.

CMAQ in the news. The Journal & Topics covered the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over Higgins Road in Busse Woods. The project, sponsored by Elk Grove Village, is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

Lawn and landscape practices. CMAP and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant partnered with the Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA) and Metropolitan Planning Council to adapt the Lawn to Lake Sustainable Lawn and Landscape Practices guide specifically for NWPA communities. The guide includes a natural lawn care calendar for homeowners (p. 59). For example, in September homeowners should limit irrigation, aerate as needed, and fertilize the 1st through the 15th. Visit

Openlands 50th anniversary luncheon. Openlands is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a luncheon on October 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue). Purchase tickets on-line.

RHOPI annual forum. The Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative will hold its annual forum, Innovative Collaborations to Revitalize Communities, on October 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building (77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago). Speakers include the Brookings Institution's Alan Berube. The event is sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust.

Suburban bike sharing. The Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Divvy are hosting a conference call for suburban communities to learn about how to bring bike sharing to their communities. The free 45-minute conference call will be held September 26 at 10:00 a.m. To RSVP and receive dial-in information, email

Complete Streets nominations. The Active Transportation Allianceis seeking nominations until October 4 for the best examples of fully implemented Complete Streets from around the region. Complete Streets are roads optimized for all modes of transportation -- walking, biking, transit, and driving. Select projects will be recognized at the organization's awards gala.

Energy ordinance. This week, the City of Chicago passed an energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance, which targets buildings over 50,000 square feet and encourages building owners to make energy improvements. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured a call for applications for the League of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly University" program, which recognizes higher education institutions that promote and provide a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff, and visitors.


Community Data Snapshots. CMAP released a set of Community Data Snapshots that summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use in metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities and seven counties.

Congestion pricing. Learn more 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. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.

New toolkits. Two new resources were recently released through CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program -- a Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region, as well as a new toolkit on arts and culture planning.

De-icing workshops. The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and Lake County Health Department are hosting two de-icing workshops on October 1 (on roads) and 2 (on parking lots and sidewalks) in Libertyville. Registration ends September 25.

Moving Forward Together. Mercy Housing will host its annual event, Moving Forward Together, on October 9 at Northwestern's Law School (Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago). Purchase tickets on-line.


Des Plaines Apache Park neighborhood planning meeting September 26, 2013 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen Church: 1280 Prospect Avenue, Des Plaines Hosted by the City of Des Plaines
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Bensenville visioning meeting
October 3, 2013 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Village Hall: 12 S. Center Street, Bensenville Hosted by the Village of Bensenville and CMAP
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Mercy Housing: Moving Forward Together October 9, 2013 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Northwestern Law School: Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
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Openlands 50th anniversary luncheon October 25, 2013 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hilton Chicago: 720 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Hosted by Openlands
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