CMAP created several alternative future scenarios for the region's development, each combining a number of planning strategies and each having various implications for quality of life. In summer 2009, as part of the Burnham Plan centennial celebration (www.burnhamplan100.org), CMAP conducted an extensive "Invent the Future" phase of public input. In 57 workshops across the region, on the CMAP website, via multimedia kiosks, and at community fairs and festivals, residents created their own alternative future scenarios. Based on that public feedback and on quantitative analysis to gauge the effects of each scenario on traffic, public health, the environment, the economy, and many other "regional indicators," at the end of this process CMAP identified one preferred scenario that best reflected the region's desired future. The CMAP Board voted on endorsement of the preferred scenario in early 2010.
Learn more about Invent the Future
Learn more about the Regional Scenarios
Explore the Community Design Workshop results
Read about the Preferred Regional Scenario
Preferred Regional Scenario press release
Download the Preferred Regional Scenario (PDF)