Posted on August 05, 2011 1:20 PM
CMAP Weekly Update, 8-5-11
Table of Contents
. The CMAP Board
will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. At 8:00 a.m. that morning, the Local Coordinating Committee
will meet. All materials can be found by clicking on the respective links. 2010 Census.
On August 4, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released additional 2010 decennial census data for Illinois, providing more details than were available with the redistricting data
released earlier this year. CMAP posted analysis with maps and charts at our Policy Updates
Also see www.cmap.illinois.gov/census
for related spreadsheets and interactive visualizations and comparisons of 2010 data with 2000 and 1990. Watch the Policy Updates blog for more analysis in coming days. CMAQ program public review.
CMAP has released the proposed FY 2012 - FY 2016 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program for a 30-day public review and comment period
. CMAP has developed a $400 million five-year program of CMAQ projects that improve air quality, mitigate congestion, and help to implement GO TO 2040
. The proposed program is currently available for public comment through 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011. TIP Amendments.
CMAP is seeking public comment on a conformity amendment to the FFY 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Comments are due by September 3, 2011, and can be provided in writing "ATTN: TIP amendments," e-mail
, or phone 312-454-0400. Conformity is an analysis of projects in the TIP to ensure that transportation projects will help the region meet air quality goals. Review the cover memo and list of project changes at the TIP webpage.
Other News and Announcements
Media tip sheet. On Thursday, CMAP issued its latest media tip sheet, with information on the latest Census 2010 data (including analysis on the Policy Updates blog), the first video in a series highlighting the Local Technical Assistance program, the release of MetroPulse 1.1., and more.
Tollway in the news. The Chicago Tribune wrote about the Illinois Tollway's proposed capital plan as a potential conduit for economic development. I am quoted in the article discussing the role transportation plays in driving our regional economy.
VMT report. CMAP has posted a brief paper summarizing and analyzing trends for vehicle miles travelled (VMT) on expressways in metropolitan Chicago.
See Chicago from two wheels. On August 28, tour through Chicago’s historic neighborhoods from the seat of your bike with the Four Star Bike Tour (choose from 12-, 22-, 35-, and 62-mile routes). This event supports the Active Transportation Alliance and is Chicago’s longest-running annual ride. Registration includes an event T-shirt, access to rest/water stops, and entry to the post-ride festival with live entertainment, food, and Goose Island beer. Save $5 on registration with the code CMAP5.
Midwest Clean Tech 2011. On September 14, the Global Midwest Alliance and its partners will host “Midwest Clean Tech 2011” at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The event will highlight Midwestern excellence in Clean Technology innovation, products and services, connecting innovators with financiers, business management expertise and the international community. Register on-line.
Emerald Ash Borers. The Morton Arboretum and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association have identified an innovative way to combat the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive pest that aggressively attacks trees. The team's researchers have confirmed the presence in our region of a wasp that preys on the EAB and is therefore an early indicator of infestation. Read more in a press release.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP’s bike-ped planning blog highlighted the national Transportation Enhancements Spending Report, an analysis of all 50 states’ use of federal Transportation Enhancement program funds. Unfortunately, Illinois had the largest unobligated balance and one of the lowest obligation rates. We also reported on a new study from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University examining ways to integrate bicycling and transit. We also pointed readers to A Citizen’s Guide to Better Streets: How to Engage your Transportation Agency, a report by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), which advances the idea that streets should not lonely accommodate all travel modes, but should also serve as gathering places for civic life.
Green Signals. CMAP's Transportation operations blog told readers about an August 31 Summit on Parking being held in Chicago.
Policy Updates. In addition to our Census analysis, we also wrote about the federal gas tax, which is set to expire September 30.
HUD planning grants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced this year’s Community Challenge Planning Grant Program. The program will award approximately $28.6 million in grants to support local projects, which may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. CMAP asks communities that apply to let us know by contacting Stephen Ostrander (email@example.com or 312-386-8696). Applications must be submitted through http://www.grants.gov/ by September 9, 2011. A webcast on the program will be held on August 11.
Tollway capital plan proposed. The Illinois Tollway has proposed a 15-year, $12 billion capital plan for the maintenance, modernization, and expansion of the Tollway system. The Tollway will host a series of public meetings to solicit public feedback from August 18 through 22, 2011. Read about how aspects of the Tollway's proposed plan align with GO TO 2040 priorities on our Policy Updates blog.
GEAR South. The Delta Institute and Mindful Metropolis will hold the Green Economy Road Show (GEAR) South at Moraine Valley Community College on September 9 and 10. I will be the keynote speaker Friday morning for this two-day event, which is "designed to connect, transform, and empower green business, government, and lifestyles in different parts of the Great Lakes region." Mindful Metropolis magazine recently quoted me in a story about transportation alternatives and the upcoming Road Show (on page 9).
Apply for FLIP. The 2011-2012 FLIP (Future Leaders in Planning) application is available. Please share materials with local high school students who would like to learn about planning and contribute to a better future for our region. Keep up with FLIP at its Facebook page.
Fairmont Planning Kickoff Meeting
August 11, 2011
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Meet and greet from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
Shiloh Baptist Church: 18101 Oak Ave, Lockport, IL
Hosted by Will County and CMAP
Berwyn Planning Kickoff Meetings
August 13, 2011
10:00 a.m. to noon
North Berwyn Park District Community Center: 1619 S. Wesley Avenue, Berwyn
August 20, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Berwyn Public Library: 2701 S. Harlem Avenue, Berwyn
Hosted by the City of Berwyn and CMAP
More information Green Economy Road Show (GEAR) South
September 9 to 10, 2011
Moraine Valley Community College: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills
Hosted by the Delta Institute and Mindful Metropolis
More information Understanding the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System
September 19, 2011
Merchandise Mart Conference Center: 350 W. Mart Center, 2nd Floor, Chicago
Hosted by the U.S. Green Buildings Council - Illinois Chapter
Registration APA-IL Annual Conference
October 5 to 7, 2011
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