Homes for a Changing Region

A toolkit is now available on the CMAP website that empowers local governments and consultants to create their own Homes for a Changing Region plans.

CMAP is working with Northwest DuPage County and Teska Associates to provide a Homes plan for Glendale Heights, Hanover Park and West Chicago.

Homes for a Changing Region enables municipal leaders to chart future demand and supply trends for housing in their communities and develop long-term housing policy plans. These plans aim to create a balanced mix of housing, serve current and future populations, and enhance livability.

Homes for a Changing Region includes the following components:

  • Analysis of each community's existing housing supply that compares the type and price of housing stock to the age, income, and tenure (rental or owner-occupied) of the population.

  • A subregional housing analysis that identifies opportunities and gaps in the housing profile and looks for opportunities for collaboration between neighboring communities.

  • A workforce housing analysis that focuses on the match between the sub-region's key employment sectors and the existing housing stock.

  • A market segmentation analysis that uses industry standard data to separate each community's housing markets into key household types. Our recommendations will focus on meeting the current and future needs of each segment, along with strategies for attracting targeted segments.

  • Design, planning, and facilitation of one public workshop for each community and/or an interactive online survey. 

  • A series of policy and strategic recommendations for creating a balanced, sustainable future housing supply, along with targeted goals that can be used to determine a community's future progress in implementing the plan.

  • Design visualizations for a focus area in each community.

To date, Homes for a Changing Region has crafted housing policy plans for 40 communities and an additional 3 communities will soon have Homes plans to guide their housing and community development. To get more information about Homes for a Changing Region and see all of the Homes plans that have been completed so far, visit the Metropolitan Planning Council project page by clicking here

Current Participants

Northwest DuPage County Area Cluster

Glendale Heights
Hanover Park
West Chicago

Community Engagement

We want to hear from you about housing! What will homes in your community look like in 30 years? What kinds of homes will residents want in 30 years?  We look forward to sharing our next community survey with you when it's available.

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Homes for a Changing Region: Previous Participants

Previous Participants

Round Lake Cluster

Northeast DuPage County Cluster

Fox Valley Homes Lower Cluster (Kane County)

Fox Valley Homes Upper Cluster

Northwest Surburban Housing Collaborative

West Cook County Housing Collaborative

South Suburban Housing Collaborative

Homes for a Changing Region: subsections

Subregional Approach

The project team will work with multiple communities within the same subregion to identify individual housing-related opportunities along with common subregional housing objectives. This approach aligns with the goals of GO TO 2040 as it helps to balance the need for local autonomy while advancing the benefits of regional cooperation. The CMAP Housing Committee serves as the "advisory committee" for the project and reviews progress on a quarterly basis. This committee includes representation from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), local nonprofit organizations, the development community, advocacy groups, and municipal staff.


The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus receives funding support for this project from the Chicago Community Trust, the Harris Family Foundation, the Gorter Family Foundation and The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).  CMAP's LTA program receives funding support from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant.

Project News Coverage

Study calls for St. Charles to Revive Rental Housing Inspection Plan, Daily Herald, September 9, 2014 

Housing study to focus on conditions, opportunities in Round Lake area, Daily Herald, June 25, 2014

Round Lake Beach buys another blighted home to improve neighborhoods, Daily Herald, June 17, 2014

Workshop set on future of housing in Dundee Twp. towns, Courier-News, May 9, 2013

Report: Palatine needs more senior housing in future,, May 1, 2013

Agency releases housing report for Northwest Suburbs, Chicago Tribune, April 30, 2013

Future of housing looked at in the burbs, Journal Online, May 18,2012.

Plan will focus on future housing in Mt. Prospect, Journal Online, May 14, 2012.

Village Leaders, Citizens to Consider Future Housing Needs,, May 9, 2012.

A housing how-to for the Southland, Southtown Star, January 30, 2012.

Reisdents participate in housing 'game', Oak Leaves, August 30, 2011

Local workshops on 'Homes for a Changing Region' start this week, Courier-News, June 4, 2013

Elgin, others look to chart housing needs, Daily Herald, June 7, 2013

Tri-Cities region begins planning for future of housing, Chicago Tribune, October 21, 2013

Study: North Aurora's affordable housing stock dropped, Kane County Chronicle, October 22, 2013

North Aurora looks at future housing needs, Daily Herald, October 24

Public meeting on Geneva housing plans, The Beacon-News, October 25, 2013

Geneva Residents Can Help Shape Future Housing Vision at Community Workshop, Trib Local, October 25, 2013

We want to hear from Geneva, North Aurora, Batavia, and St. Charles about housing!, Chicago Tribune, November 5, 2013

Tri-Cities residents begin to discuss local housing's future, Chicago Tribune, November 11, 2013

St. Charles to host workshop to identify housing needs, Kane County Chronicle, November 15, 2013

Batavia residents, aldermen weigh in on housing needs, Chicago Tribute, November 20, 2013

Workshop helps pinpoint St. Charles' future housing needs, Kane County Chronicle, November 21, 2013

Housing study workshops wrap up in Tri-Cities, Chicago Tribune, November 25, 2013

Much on agenda for Tri-Cities in 2014, Trib Local, December 27, 2013

Tri-Cities officials review housing recommendations, Trib Local, February 25, 2014

Addison, surrounding communities plan for housing,, March 10, 2014

Housing study suggests more rental inspections in North Aurora, Batavia, Daily Herald, March 6, 2014

Study: St. Charles must accommodate future growth with multifamily housing, Daily Herald, March 15, 2014

Batavia needs more affordable housing, rental inspections, report says, Daily Herald, September 19, 2014

Study says Geneva should encourage affordable housing, Daily Herald, September 26, 2014