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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-14-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of CMAP meetings, including a farewell to Dan Shea one of the CMAP Board's original members, new Policy Update on legislation to reform transportation funding in Illinois, a reminder to submit applications for the CMAP LTA program and RTA Community Planning Program call for local projects, and last week's panel discussion "Two States of Illinois." Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

First Off...

CMAP Board recap. The Board met this week and said farewell to Dan Shea, who represented McHenry County. Dan was an original member of the Board since its inception, and we want to thank him for his many years of service to the region and to McHenry. The Board approved a number of items including renewal of the Developments of Regional Importance (DRI) process, the proposed approach for the new federal funding program Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), the FY 2014 Unified Work Program (UWP), the FY 2014 Budget and Work Plan, and the Regional Freight Leadership Task Force membership. In addition, the Board heard a presentation from IDOT on their request that the GO TO 2040 plan's list of fiscally constrained projects be amended to include the Illiana Corridor. CMAP's guidelines and the timeline for evaluating this project were also presented. The staff analysis will be released on August 2, 2013, for a 30-day public comment period. Following the comment period, staff will be making a recommendation for the Board's and the MPO Policy Committee's consideration when they meet in October.

MPO Policy Committee. The Policy Committee met on Thursday and approved many of the same items that were considered by the Board. They also heard the Illiana presentation and a presentation by Pace on their I-90 Market Expansion Project.

Policy Updates. Our policy blog describes recently introduced legislation to reform transportation funding in Illinois, which would yield an estimated net increase of $689 million in its first year of implementation compared to current revenue sources. CMAP is encouraged that serious discussions are underway about the need to invest in our transportation infrastructure and that these discussions include a dedicated source of capital funding for transit. This legislation offers an opportunity to think creatively about the future of our state's transportation program.

Reminder: Call for local projects. Planning assistance and grants for local projects that implement GO TO 2040 are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program at Applications are due Wednesday, June 26 at noon. Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Erin Aleman ( or 312-386-8816).

Two States of Illinois panel. Last week I spoke on a panel, "The Two States of Illinois," with former Governor Jim Edgar, Rich Miller of Capitol Fax, and University of Illinois professor Christopher Mooney, as described by Reboot Illinois.


Other News and Announcements

LTA program. Among recent highlights:

  • The Daily Herald previewed this month's Homes for a Changing Region workshops for the communities of Carpentersville, Elgin, East Dundee, and West Dundee, which started this week.
  • The Plainfield Village Board adopted its transportation plan on June 3. The plan features roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit recommendations to prepare for future growth and address traffic congestion challenges.
  • The City of Waukegan will hold a visioning workshop to solicit public input on its commercial corridor plan along Washington Street from Glen Rock Avenue on the east to McAree Road on the west on June 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the private events room of Toluca's Restaurant (1419 Washington Street, Waukegan).
  • Kane County is developing an implementation strategy for the Long Range Transit Plan component of the County's 2040 Transportation Plan. Stay up to date on this project at
  • The Village of Bensenville will host public workshops on June 20 (Spanish-language only) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bensenville Community Public Library (200 S. Church Road, Bensenville) and June 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Village's Board room (12 S. Center Street, Bensenville) for development of its comprehensive plan. CMAP and Village staff will also be at the June 19 "Music in the Park" event to answer questions regarding the plan and upcoming meetings. Residents can also comment at, as well as via kiosk at the Village Hall.
  • CMAP will present the draft Bronzeville retail district land use plan as part of the Bronzeville Retail Initiative's (BRI) Community Forum on Saturday, June 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Room 43 (1039 E. 43rd Street, Chicago).
  • The DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), and MWH Global, in partnership with CMAP, will hold a water regulations and ordinances workshop on June 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the DuPage Water Commission Headquarters (600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst). This workshop will discuss model ordinances and plumbing code update implementation, including a presentation on adapting to Lake Michigan water-loss permit changes. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jenessa Rodriguez ( or 630-834-0100).
  • The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce/ Special Service Area #33 will hold a public meeting for development of its Innovation in Parking Management Plan on June 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bucktown-Wicker Park Library (1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago).
  • CMAP will be at Hinsdale's "Uniquely Thursdays" concert event on June 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Burlington Park (30 E. Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale) to answer questions about the parking management plan under development for the Village.
  • The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is creating a Trail Master Plan and is seeking public feedback through the month of June via an on-line survey.

Cook County Action Plan. Cook County is seeking public input on its draft 2013 Annual Action Plan through June 30, 2013. The plan highlights proposed activities around housing and community and economic development. Written comments should be sent to Jennifer Miller, Program Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, 69 W. Washington, Suite 2900, Chicago, IL 60602, or

Activate Union Station. MPC's fifth annual placemaking contest is focused on "reactivating" Chicago's Union Station. Proposals will be accepted through July 24. The three locations identified for reactivation include the iconic Headhouse (west of Canal Street), the east-facing arcade on Canal Street, and the plaza of Fifth Third Center along the Chicago River. Winners will receive $5,000 per site to implement their ideas at Union Station over nine days this summer from August 24 through September 2.

Fight back against hydrilla. Hydrilla is one of the world's worst water weeds that threatens the health of lakes and rivers in Illinois. The Hydrilla Hunt! program is seeking help from boaters, anglers, swimmers, and others who enjoy the state's lakes and rivers to keep an eye out for this invasive aquatic plant. For more information, including how to become a Hydrilla Hunt! volunteer and a Hydrilla Identification Sheet, please visit or contact Cathy McGlynn, coordinator of the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (

Paying for flood relief. The Wednesday Journal described strategies River Forest is considering to fund a new storm sewer mainline. CMAP's Jesse Elam discussed the potential benefits of using a stormwater utility fee in the article. To learn more, a recent CMAP publication describes how local governments can use stormwater utilities to address local flooding and drainage problems. For additional information on the publication, contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688).

Census webinar. The U.S. Census Bureau will offer a free training webinar titled "How to Navigate American FactFinder" on June 19 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Register on-line.

MDRN workshop. The Chaddick Institute's Municipal Design Review Network will host its annual on-site summer workshop in Des Plaines (City Hall, 1420 Miner Street) on June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop includes a walking tour of two high-density, mixed-used transit oriented developments. RSVP by June 14 to


Local food event. The Plant, a nonprofit vertical farm and food business incubator, is hosting its first gala on June 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in their offices at 1400 W. 46th Street, Chicago. The event will include food from Pleasant House Bakery with ingredients grown on-site, as well as a guided tour of the facilities. Proceeds will be used to promote sustainable economic development through "closed-loop food production."

Development over time. Google, NASA, TIME, and the U.S. Geological Survey partnered to release over 25 years of time-lapse imagery of Earth taken from space, highlighting how development has changed over the past few decades.


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. This week, CMAP's bike-ped planning blog alerted readers to two training and educational events. First, an IDOT seminar on American Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the U.S. Access Board's proposed Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG). Secondly, an a APA-Chicago metro section workshop on active transportation and how to plan and implement policies and projects.



Congestion pricing campaign. CMAP estimates that implementing five GO TO 2040-recommended congestion pricing projects would provide substantial economic benefits by expanding the labor and consumer markets that can be reached within a 40-minute drive, improving access to airports, and providing better access to intermodal facilities. Read more about the campaign for congestion pricing at To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Performance-based funding. GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria, and calls on the region's transportation stakeholders to develop and utilize the necessary performance measures. A new microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making. Our Policy Updates blog provides an overview of the microsite, including its compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

Draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan. The RTA released its draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan for public review. Through July 1, 2013, residents can provide input by taking a ten-minute survey and/or attending one of eight open houses throughout the month of June.

Water 2050 workshop. CMAP, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and partners will host a Water 2050: Project Development & Sustainable Infrastructure Planning workshop on energy efficiency for wastewater systems on June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the College of Lake County. Registration is available through June 24.

FLIP applications. Applications are still available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The final deadline for applications is September 23. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

EI2 rebates. Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.

ArcGIS workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and dates are set for August 28 to 29, October 2 to 3, November 6 to 7, and December 18 to 19. Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (




West Dundee Homes workshop
June 18, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public Safety Center II: 100 Carrington Drive, West Dundee
Hosted by the Village of West Dundee, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
More information

Elgin Homes workshop
June 19, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Centre Heritage Ballroom: 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Hosted by the City of Elgin, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
More information

Waukegan visioning workshop
June 20, 2013

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Private events room of Toluca's Restaurant: 1419 Washington Street, Waukegan
Hosted by the City of Waukegan and CMAP
More information


Bensenville planning meeting (Spanish language)

June 20, 2013

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Bensenville Community Public Library: 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville

Hosted by the Village of Bensenville and CMAP
More information

Bronzeville Retail Initiative community forum
June 22, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Room 43: 1039 E. 43rd Street, Chicago
Hosted by the Bronzeville Retail Initiative
More information

Wicker Park-Bucktown public meeting

June 26, 2013

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Bucktown-Wicker Park Library: 1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Hosted by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce/ Special Service Area #33 and CMAP

More information

Water Regulations and Ordinances workshop
June 27, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
DuPage Water Commission headquarters: 600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
Hosted by the DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council, MWH Global, and CMAP

Bensenville planning meeting

June 27, 2013
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall: 12 S. Center Street, Bensenville
Hosted by the Village of Bensenville and CMAP
More information

Water 2050 workshop: Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Systems
June 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus: 19351 W. Washington Street, Room TEC T323, Grayslake
Hosted by CMAP, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and partners
More information


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