Posted on March 25, 2011 2:50 PM
March 25, 2011
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CMAP Board meeting. The next CMAP Board meeting has been changed to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 610 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. As available, new information will be posted on the CMAP Board web page.
Joe DiJohn. My condolences to the family and friends of Joe DiJohn, who passed away on March 19. After leading Pace during its early years, Joe continued to serve our region through the University of Illinois at Chicago's Urban Transportation Center.
Compendium of Plans. Last year, CMAP surveyed the region's 284 municipalities to gauge the status of local comprehensive plans. This was an important input for the MetroPulse web data system, and for our new program of local technical assistance. Now our Policy Updates blog has a useful summary from this compendium of plans by communities, many of which are well on their way to implementing the strategies contained in GO TO 2040 -- though much work obviously remains to be done.
Other News and Announcements
GO TO 2040 roundtable. Thanks to everyone who came out for today's second Metropolitan Planning Council roundtable on GO TO 2040, titled "We have a Plan. What Do We Need?" The next roundtable, "We have a Plan. Let's Do It!" will be held on April 27. CMAP Board member President Michael Gorman of the Village of Riverside will be part of the April panel, which I will moderate.
Former CMAP Board member. Judge Russell Hartigan was featured in a recent TribLocal article for his service both to our Board and the West Central Municipal Conference, which he served as vice president from 2008 to 2010. He was appointed as a Circuit Judge of Cook County last fall.
Media tip sheet. On Wednesday, CMAP issued its latest media tip sheet, which included information about the first round of local communities identified for planning assistance from CMAP and about the re-launched Moving Forward section of the agency’s website, which will now be the main location for information related to implementing the plan. Also included are items about today's MetroPulse webinar, the GO TO 2040 roundtables, and Soles and Spokes, our bike-ped planning blog.
Roundabouts. The Tribune's Ashley Rueff had a story this week about the increasing use of roundabouts at our region's intersections. A number of the projects mentioned in the article have been supported in part by CMAP with federal funds through our Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program.
Location-efficient communities. Center for Neighborhood Technology president Scott Bernstein recently wrote an article for Planetizen about how "location-efficient" communities -- cities and suburbs served by transit -- can help reduce the demand for gas.
Bridge safety. Next week, Transportation for America will issue a report on the status of bridge safety nationally. A preview of several states this week included a report on Illinois. While bridges are certainly an important aspect of maintaining and modernizing our transportation system, it is important to note that that the federal rating of "structurally deficient" does not necessarily imply that it is unsafe.
High-speed rail. On Tuesday, Senator Richard Durbin and Governor Pat Quinn announced the next high-speed rail construction phase on the route between Chicago and St. Louis.
Ferson-Otter Creek Open House
March 29, 2011
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive, Elgin
Hosted by CMAP, The Conservation Foundation
Planning Commissioner Training -- Lake County
April 2 and 16, 2011
8:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Lake County Department of Transportation: 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville
Hosted by CMAP, Lake County Council of Mayors
Resource Fair and Business Expo
April 7, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills
Hosted by Economic Development Council for the Southwest Suburbs at Moraine Valley Community College
Spring Conference and Awards Ceremony
April 19, 2011
9:00 a.m. to noon
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
Hosted by Partners for Clean Air
Planning Commissioner Training -- Southwest Cook
April 30 and May 14, 2011
8:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Palos Hills Community Center: 8545 W. 103rd Street, Palos Hills
Hosted by CMAP, Southwest Council of Mayors
Planning Commissioner Training -- DuPage County
May 7 and 21, 2011
8:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Carol Stream Village Hall: 500 N. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream
Hosted by CMAP, DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference
E-Government Workshop: Achieving IT Efficiencies Through Collaboration
May 12, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle
Hosted by University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs
Discounted registration for CMAP Partners
Policy Blog. In addition to the item above regarding the compendium of plans, there is a brief post about public- and private-sector collaboration on the transition report by new Cook County board chair Toni Preckwinkle.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP’s bike-ped planning blog announced the Active Transportation Alliance's Chicagoland Bike and Walk Photo Contest. We also reported on the U.S. DOT Secretary’s keynote address at the 2011 Bike Summit in D.C., as well as an important new resource for innovative bikeway design -- the National Association of City Transportation Official’s (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide.
Apply for FLIP. The 2011-2012 FLIP (Future Leaders in Planning) application is now available. Please share materials with local high school students who would be interested in learning more about planning and contribute to make a better future for our region. Keep up with FLIP by becoming a fan of its Facebook page.
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