Local Technical Assistance


LTA program

As part of the implementation ON TO 2050, the Chicago region’s new comprehensive plan, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Board voted on Wednesday, April 10, to approve a new slate of local planning projects to help communities prosper. 

Supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, which has undertaken more than 200 projects since 2012 -- the 29 new projects will help local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental collaborators address issues at the intersections of transportation, land use, and quality of life. “These new projects will help communities plan for a more resilient, inclusive, and thriving future,” said CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo." Read more in a news release.

See a map of selected projects throughout the region and read descriptions of each project. A list of applications received can be found here.  

View a full list of completed and underway individual LTA projects. For the latest news, download the June 2019 LTA Program update here




LTA History

With funding from a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), CMAP initiated the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in 2010. The program involves providing assistance to communities across the Chicago metropolitan region to undertake planning projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. It is currently funded by the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, HUD, Economic Development Administration, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Chicago Community Trust. See below for the most recent update on project status, as well as links to several projects that are underway.  See videos of an overview of the LTA program and "Planning Locally for Livability." Select implementation highlights are also available in a GO TO 2040 case studies library.

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