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October 27, 2017
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CMAP Weekly Update, 10-27-17

Planning in the news

A vision for our region's expressways
A Chicago Tribune editorial calls favorable attention to the new effort to develop a regional Expressway Vision, led by CMAP with support and involvement by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Tollway. While details of proposed recommendations won't be certain until the draft vision is available for public comment in April 2018, the Trib cites one in particular -- congestion pricing -- that has been a regional priority ever since GO TO 2040 was adopted seven years ago. Also see a short item in Curbed Chicago.
Regional water supply
The Trib has published a series about regional water issues, including how and why water rates vary by municipality, as well as challenges for efficient regional water supply management. Read CMAP's recent ON TO 2050 strategy paper on Water Resources.
Berwyn Zoning Ordinance
Suburban Life wrote about the newly adopted Berwyn Zoning Ordinance, which was completed with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.
Elmhurst Metra station
Suburban Life also wrote about a $10 million grant Elmhurst will receive for Metra station improvements through Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grants.
Local planning in the news
Several news organizations covered CMAP's announcement of 34 new projects being selected for the agency's LTA program including the Northwest Herald, Oak Leaves, Wednesday Journal, DNA Info Chicago, and Daily Herald.
Soles and Spokes
The Urban Land Institute launched an initiative, "Building Healthy Corridors," to investigate best practices in reconstructing under-performing suburban and urban arterial corridors in ways that also promote health. The National Recreation and Park Association in collaboration with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership released the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework plan.
Regional Housing Solutions
The Brookings Institution published "Brookings Community of Practice on Regional Housing Solutions," as part of a series of posts on innovative strategies and tools designed to help increase and diversify the supply of quality rental housing in opportunity areas. The Regional Housing Solutions website created for the Chicago region by CMAP, Metropolitan Planning Council, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and DePaul University, is featured as one of the best practice examples along with projects from the Baltimore, Kansas City, and Minneapolis-St. Paul regions.

Policy updates

Property tax burden in the Chicago region
A new CMAP Policy Update examines effective property tax rates and assesses inequities in the amount residential property taxpayers pay. Structural solutions to reform tax policies to be more efficient and supportive of reinvestment can address these inequities by promoting tax base growth. ON TO 2050 will support creating a more equitable tax structure that improves outcomes for all communities and supports all residents of the region to participate fully in economic opportunities.

Around the region

Metra budget proposal
The public is encouraged to comment on Metra's proposed operating budget of $797.2 million. In addition to public hearings on November 1 and 2, you can email comments to As stated in a Metra news release, "The sales taxes and state aid that fund about half of Metra's operating budget and the local, state and federal grants that pay for nearly all of its capital budget are not keeping up with rising costs and our aging system's replacement and renovation needs."
Transform Illinois awards
Transform Illinois -- a collaborative of public officials, civic leaders, and research institutions committed to promoting and supporting local government efficiency reforms -- held its annual awards ceremony last week in Oak Brook. The 2017 awards honored government officials and citizens for their efforts to reduce the size, scope, and cost of government in Illinois. Montgomery, Oswego, and Yorkville received the Local Transformer award for their work to share services across municipal borders. Those communities were also part of a Shared Services Study through CMAP's LTA program. See a press release and photo.
Truck safety demonstration
The public is invited to view equipment for meeting the requirements of Chicago's Large Vehicle Safety Enhancement Ordinance. The City of Chicago's Departments of Transportation and Fleet & Facilities Management will conduct a demonstration at the NACTO Designing Cities Conference on Wednesday, November 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago. See for more.


Bike Walk Every Town
Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery
1035 Sterling Ave.
Flossmoor, IL 60422
October 28, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 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.
Resources for Revitalization and Redevelopment of Brownfields workshop
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
1906 W. 174th St.,
East Hazel Crest, IL 60429
November 2, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Annual Utility Workshop
600 W. Chicago Ave., #620
Chicago, IL 60654
November 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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