October 20, 2017
CMAP Weekly Update, 10-20-17
Local Technical Assistance
CMAP has announced 34 new projects to help local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental collaborators address issues at the intersections of transportation, land use, and quality of life. The activities will be supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, which has undertaken more than 200 projects since 2012 to help the region's communities plan for increased livability, sustainability, and economic vitality. The agency selected projects that align with recommendations of GO TO 2040 and ongoing work toward ON TO 2050, as well as those that focus on implementing previous LTA plans, collaborating across multiple jurisdictions, and/or planning in communities with the highest need for assistance.
Local Food report released
Having both a diversified agricultural economy and the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious, and affordable food for residents to consume contributes to a resilient region. Read CMAP's new report on Local Food, which summarizes data on crop production, food access, and land preservation and includes findings that will inform the development of ON TO 2050.
Planning in the news
Good Morning, New Jersey
CMAP deputy executive director for planning Bob Dean was featured in a podcast by New Start New Jersey. He described the development and implementation of GO TO 2040, including the LTA program.
Soles and Spokes
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has published a white paper on improving ped-bike connections as part of bridge rehabilitation. The Project for Public Spaces released The Case for Healthy Places -- a report covering placemaking's role in improving health.
Around the region
Bike Walk Every Town
Active Transportation Alliance will hold two Bike Walk Every Town training summits to help residents develop an advocacy campaign for better walking and biking policies. The training for the northwest suburbs will be held in Schaumburg, on Saturday, October 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a training for the south suburbs will be held on Saturday, October 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Flossmoor. Registration is free.
Local and regional government officials, nonprofit economic and community development organizations, real estate professionals, property owners, and others are invited to attend a free workshop on Thursday, November 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation Conference Room C (1906 W. 174th St., East Hazel Crest). Attendees will learn about brownfields and available resources. Registration is required.
The Alliance for Water Efficiency, in partnership with the SWAN North American Alliance, Current, and Global Water Works, will host the second Annual Utility Workshop in Chicago on Monday, November 6, at Uptake (600 W. Chicago Ave., #620), and will feature an interactive exploration of innovative, digital solutions to North American water infrastructure challenges with a special focus on the Midwest region. For more information and to register, visit the workshop website.
The American Planning Association-Chicago Metro Section, in partnership with the Congress for New Urbanism, and Jefferson Park Forward, will hold Transit Oriented Drinks on Thursday, November 9, featuring a walking tour of the Jefferson Park neighborhood to highlight proposed transit-oriented development projects. The tour starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Park Transit Center (4963 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) before heading to Rex Tavern (4933 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) for drinks at 5:15 p.m. Registration is $5.
Geodesign: Next Gen GIS
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
October 26, 2017
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Trick, Trot and Roll
Illinois Route 390 Tollway at Illinois Route 83 (Busse Rd.)
October 28, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.