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Weekly Update, 9-8-2017

Latest ON TO 2050 reports

Although CMAP's summer was packed with events, workshops, and forums focused on the ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures public engagement campaign, work continued apace on research and analysis to inform the next comprehensive regional plan's targets and strategies. 
In case you missed them, now is a good time to catch up on four Strategy Papers released this summer: Reinvestment and Infill, Inclusive Growth, Energy, and Lands in Transition. In addition, we published a new Snapshot report, Infill and Transit Oriented Development. Keep an eye out this fall for additional reports from CMAP, including a Transit Trends snapshot and a Water Resources strategy paper.

CMAP happenings

Downtown Aurora Draft Master Plan hearing
A public hearing for the draft Master Plan for downtown Aurora will take place Wednesday, September 20, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Aurora City Council Chambers (44 E. Downer Pl., 2nd Floor, Aurora). This project is supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. Contact Lindsay Bayley with questions ( or 312-386-8826). 
Fox River Corridor Plan meeting
A public meeting for the Fox River Corridor Plan will take place Thursday, September 21, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Lake Barrington Village Hall (23860 N. Old Barrington Rd., Barrington). This project is supported by CMAP's LTA program. Questions? Contact Kate Evasic ( or 312-386-8782). 
Crystal Lake Transportation Plan open house
On Monday, September 18, the City of Crystal Lake, in partnership with CMAP's LTA program, will host a public open house for its draft Transportation Master Plan, in the P105 Training Room at Crystal Lake City Hall (100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake), from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The draft plan will be available for public review and comment. Please contact Nora Beck ( or 312-386-8677) with questions. 
ON TO 2050 outreach
Thanks to Google Chicago and the 79th Street Renaissance Fair for hosting discussions of Alternative Futures this week. To continue the conversation with CMAP about the ON TO 2050 regional plan, contact Jane Grover (312-386-8802 or

Planning in the news

New CTA station opens 
After nearly a decade of planning, the new Washington-Wabash CTA station opened last week in the Loop, partially funded by CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. Watch a WGN report.
Planning for Chicago's Chinatown 
An article in Stateline explores why many cities' Chinatowns are losing Asian populations -- unlike Chicago, which has maintained this neighborhood as an ethnic enclave. The story cites a vision plan to guide future development in Chicago's Chinatown, led by the community in partnership with CMAP's LTA program
Freight line proposal rejected
The federal Surface Transportation Board last week rejected the proposal for a 261-mile freight train line that would have run through Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
Smart Road debuts in region
On September 5, the Jane Addams Tollway's "SmartRoad" features were activated, providing new message boards that give drivers real-time information and enable Pace to run express buses on the shoulder. These improvements were funded in part by CMAP's CMAQ program. Read more in the Daily Herald.
Soles and Spokes 
The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety has produced a fact sheet on policies to promote "road diets" as a transportation and safety strategy. The National Association of City Transportation Officials released a guide for conducting bike-share user intercept surveys. The Frontier Group, in partnership with Environment America Research and Policy Center and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), published a report on how transportation policy can strive for lower emission levels. 

Around the region

Diversity and inclusion in city planning
On Friday, September 15, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., at the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) Design Matters Conference, Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution will give the keynote address, "Disruptive Forces Changing Cities," on inclusive development (Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center, 130 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago). Another conference session on inclusion, "Inclusion in Architecture: Getting Beyond Pipeline Development," takes place Friday, September 15, from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m., at the American Planning Association (APA) offices (205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago). Register online for single conference sessions or the full conference. 
Transformer Awards
Join Transform Illinois on Thursday, October 19, for a discussion of how the public sector can continue to deliver needed services in the face of state reductions and falling revenues. Governing Magazine columnists Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene will give the keynote address, and the 2017 Transformer Award winners (nominations still being accepted) will be announced. The event will be from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the ComEd Commercial Center Auditorium (1919 Swift Dr., Oak Brook, IL, 60523). Register today.
IDOT is seeking input on its upcoming FY2018-21 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and its FY2019-24 Proposed Highway Improvement Program (MYP). A public meeting will be held for District 3 at the District 3 office (700 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa) on Tuesday, September 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Comments can also be emailed to or through September 15.
2017 UIC Urban Forum 
The University of Illinois Chicago will host the 2017 UIC Urban Forum, "The Public Infrastructure of Work & Play," on Thursday, September 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Illinois Room at UIC's Student Center East (750 S. Halsted St., Chicago). Register today
Bike Walk Every Town 
Active Transportation Alliance is hosting four free suburban advocacy summits in September and October across the region to give residents tools to build local campaigns to improve biking and walking in their community. The first Bike Walk Every Town event takes place Saturday, September 23, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Heller Nature Center (2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park). Learn more about the summits and register here


2017 APA-IL State Conference
Hotel Indigo and Naperville Municipal Center
120 Water St.
Naperville, IL 60540
September 13-15, 2017
2017 UIC Urban Forum
UIC Student Center East 
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
September 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Plan Commissioner Training
Hotel Indigo and Naperville Municipal Center
120 Water St.
Naperville, IL 60540
September 14, 2017
Crystal Lake Open House
Crystal Lake City Hall 
100 W. Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
September 18, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Aurora Downtown Draft Master Plan 
Aurora City Council Chambers
44 E. Downer Pl., 2nd Floor
Aurora, IL 60505
September 20, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Fox River Corridor Plan public meeting
Lake Barrington Village Hall 
23860 N. Old Barrington Rd.
Barrington, IL 60010
September 21, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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