The Village of Midlothian is located in south Cook County, approximately 25 miles from Chicago’s Loop. Settled on flat land straddling Midlothian Creek and Natalie Creek, the Village has a long history of flooding and, since 2001, has carried out several activities to reduce flood impacts to residents, businesses, and institutions. In 2016, the Village adopted the RainReady Midlothian Plan, an effort led by Floodlothian Midlothian and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). Following adoption of the plan, the Village was awarded assistance from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to develop stormwater and pedestrian improvements for the 147th Street Corridor, the community’s “Main Street.”
In 2017, the Village of Midlothian requested technical assistance from CMAP to help advance recommendations from the RainReady Plan and 147th Street Corridor Plan by developing a stormwater management capital plan. With support from CMAP’s LTA program, the Village will identify and prioritize improvements and maintenance activities to include in Midlothian’s stormwater management program. The project will culminate in a stormwater management capital plan that identifies priority projects, estimated costs, and a timeline for completion to help the Village identify funding and strategically program its public dollars.
The plan will be developed over approximately nine months. The first phase will involve an analysis of existing conditions, using information from past plans and data to assess flooding concerns and stormwater management needs in the community. The second phase involves the identification and prioritization of projects, followed by the development and adoption of the stormwater management capital plan.