Local Technical Assistance

CMAP established the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to direct resources to communities pursuing planning work that helps to implement GO TO 2040. Beginning with the next call for projects, the agency will now focus efforts on implementing ON TO 2050. 

LTA program

LTA and Community Planning call for projects

The 2018 Community Planning and LTA Call for Projects is now closed. All applications are under review by both CMAP and the RTA, and project selection will be announced in January 2019. A list of applications received can be found here.  


The Regional Transportation Authority and CMAP announced a joint call for projects to solicit planning and implementation project ideas from local governments and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Applications were accepted beginning September 6, 2018 and were by October 26, 2018. 

The application can also be downloaded here. Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions can also be found here. Information on Community Cohorts can be found here, and information on Local Contribution for the LTA and Community Planning Programs can be found here



LTA Background

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.

CMAP has initiated more than 200 local projects with local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental organizations to address local issues at the intersection of transportation, land use, and housing, including the natural environment, economic growth, and community development. For the latest on the LTA projects, download the February 2019 LTA Program update here

LTA Projects Underway


Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan
Aurora Regional Active Mobility Program
Beecher Comprehensive Plan
Chinatown Parking Management Plan
Cook County Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan
Forest Preserve District of Cook County Des Plaines River Trail Planning Study
Homes for a Changing Region Housing Policy Plans
Illinois International Port District Planning Priorities Report
Justice I&M Canal Trail Extension Feasibility Study
Lisle Downtown Parking Plan Parking Management Plan
Lower Salt Creek Watershed-based Plan
McHenry County Coordinated Investment Study
McKinley Park (Chicago) Neighborhood Plan
Midlothian Stormwater Management Capital Plan
Mill Creek (Kane County) Watershed-based Plan
Montgomery Unified Development Ordinance
North Avenue  Corridor Plan
O'Hare Subregion Truck Routing and Infrastructure Plan
Regional Truck Permitting Plan Action Plan
Richton Park Stormwater Management Plan
Robbins TOD and Industrial Area Plan
Romeoville Comprehensive Plan
Roseland Medical District Existing Conditions Report
Sandwich Planning Priorities Report
Sauk Village Comprehensive Plan
Thornton Planning Priorities Report



LTA Projects Completed


Addison Comprehensive Plan
Algonquin Downtown Plan
Alsip Comprehensive Plan
Antioch Lifestyle Corridor Plan
Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Aurora Downtown Master Plan
Beach Park Planning Priorities Report
Bensenville Comprehensive Plan
Bensenville Zoning Ordinance
Berwyn Comprehensive Plan
Berwyn (Depot District) Parking Management
Berwyn Stormwater Management Plan
Berwyn Zoning Ordinance
Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission Feasibility Study
Blue Island Capital Improvement Plan
Blue Island Comprehensive Plan
Big Rock Comprehensive Plan
Bridgeport & Canaryville (Chicago) Priorities Plan
Bronzeville Retail Land Use Plan
Calumet City Comprehensive Plan
Calumet Park Planning Priorities Report
Campton Hills Comprehensive Plan
Carol Stream Comprehensive Plan
Carpentersville Subarea Plan
Carpentersville Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
Chicago Green Healthy Neighborhoods Land Use Plan
Chicago Heights Comprehensive Plan
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) LeClaire Courts Transportation Access Study
Chinatown (Chicago) Community Vision Plan 
Cicero Comprehensive Plan
Cook County Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan
Cook County Planning For Progress (Consolidated Plan and CEDS)
Crete Comprehensive Plan
Crystal Lake Transportation Master Plan
Des Plaines Apache Park Neighborhood Plan
Des Plaines Comprehensive Plan
Dixmoor Planning Priorities Report
Downers Grove Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
DuPage County Corridor Policies, Principles, and Framework Plan
DuPage County Sustainability Best Practices Guide
DuPage County DOT Elgin-O'Hare Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
DuPage Water Commission Resource Guide
Elburn Comprehensive Plan
Elgin Sidewalk Gap Analysis
Elmwood Park Comprehensive Plan
Endeleo Institute Planning Priorities Report
Evanston Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Evanston Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
Fairmont Neighborhood Plan
Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Ordinance Assessment
Forest Preserve District of Cook County Municipal Connection Case Studies
Fox Lake Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Fox Lake Planning Priorities Report
Fox River Corridor Plan for the Fox River in the Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville
Fox River Corridor Plan for the Fox River in Lake and McHenry Counties
Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan
Franklin Park Industrial Area Plan
Glen Ellyn Downtown Streetscape and Parking Study
Hampshire Planning Priorities Report
Hanover Park Corridor Study
Harvard Comprehensive Plan
Hinsdale Parking Management Plan 
Hoffman Estates Strategic Manufacturing and Workforce Development Plan
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Water Loss Assessment 
Impact DuPage Housing Policy Report
Joliet Redevelopment Plan
Kane County

Implementation Strategy for Long Range Transit Plan

Kane County Public Land for Local Food Production Report
Kedzie Avenue (Chicago) Corridor Plan
Lake County
  Illinois Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan
Lake County Sustainability Chapter
Lake County Sustainable Food System
Lakemoor Comprehensive Plan
Lan-Oak Park District Park Master Plan
Lansing Comprehensive Plan
Lincolnwood Corridor Plan
Lynwood Comprehensive Plan
Lyons Comprehensive Plan
Maywood Retail Market Analysis
McHenry County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
McHenry County Subarea Plan
Midlothian Corridor Plan
Morton Grove Subarea Plan
New Lenox Corridor Plan
Niles Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) Plan
Niles Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Niles Environmental Action Plan
Norridge Comprehensive Plan
North Chicago Comprehensive Plan
North Lawndale Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan
North River Communities (Chicago) Neighborhood Plan
Northlake Comprehensive Plan
Northwest Water Planning Alliance Development of a 3-Year Strategic Plan
Oak Lawn Corridor Study
Oak Park Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
Olympia Fields Subarea Plan
Orland Park Water Conservation Code
Oswego Commercial Market Analysis Study
Oswego, Yorkville, Montgomery Shared Services Study
Oswego, Yorkville, Montgomery Shared Drinking Water Service Governance Study
Palos Park Bikeways and Trails Plan
Park Forest

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Park Forest Development Regulations Update
Park Forest Sustainability Plan
Pilsen & Little Village (Chicago) Action Plan
Plainfield Downtown Transportation Plan
Prospect Heights Comprehensive Plan Update
Red Line South Extension Livability Project
Richmond Planning Priorities Report
Richton Park Capital Improvement Plan
Richton Park Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Update
Riverdale (Chicago) Multimodal Transportation Plan
Riverside Central Business District
Rosemont Comprehensive Plan
Round Lake Heights Comprehensive Plan
Seven Generations Ahead Sustainability Data Project
Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed Ordinance Assessment
South Elgin Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
South Elgin Unified Development Ordinance
South Holland Comprehensive Plan
SSMMA Housing Investment Tool

I-294 / I-57 Land Use and Economic Development Plan

SSMMA South Council of Mayors Complete Streets and Trails Plan
Steger Planning Priorities Report
Summit Comprehensive Plan
Sugar Run Creek Area Plan (Will County) Neighborhood Plan
University of Illinois at Chicago Multimodal Transportation Plan
Waukegan Commercial Corridor Plan
Westchester Comprehensive Plan
Wheeling Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 
Wicker Park-Bucktown Parking Management Plan
Will County Brownfield Prioritization for Solar Energy Development Report
Wilmington Downtown Plan
Winthrop Harbor Comprehensive Plan


Planning Priorities Report


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