CMAP Weekly Update, 4-23-21

How to reform tax policy to strengthen communities

Illinois' fiscal and tax policy decisions affect regional investments in infrastructure and communities. Tax policy influences the overall economy and can spur business and residential development throughout northeastern Illinois. It also can limit local governments' ability to improve quality of life, keep communities in a cycle of disinvestment, and create an overreliance on property taxes.

 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) state legislative agenda outlines strategies that can enhance local revenues and build capacity. In particular, the agenda recommends broadening the sales tax base and committing more resources to support shared services and consolidations. To promote inclusive growth, tax policy reform must reflect the state's economies and demographics rather than arbitrary formulas. Learn more.

$1 billion in federal transportation grants available

Regional and local governments can apply for $1 billion in Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grants through Monday, July 12. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will evaluate applications on safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and other merit criteria.

 

USDOT will prioritize projects that can demonstrate improvements to equity, as well as reduce impacts of climate change and create good-paying jobs. Interested applicants can attend a webinar on Wednesday, April 28, to learn more about the application process.

Updated guidance for state, local coronavirus recovery funds

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released updated guidance for states, counties, cities, and other entities that are eligible to receive direct payments under the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

The act provides $350 billion in emergency funding to these governments to address the economic impacts of the pandemic. The treasury department is asking all eligible recipients to begin certain registration processes to ensure timely delivery of funds.

Submit feedback on coastal needs and protections

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative wants to hear from communities near the Lake Michigan shoreline about their coastal management needs in the face of changing water levels, erosion, flooding, and severe storm events.

 

Officials in Beach Park, Chicago, Evanston, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, North Chicago, Waukegan, Wilmette, Winnetka, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion have until Friday, April 30, to complete the initiative's needs assessment survey.

 

Counties, park districts, and other entities with overlapping jurisdictions within one or more of these communities also are encouraged to complete the survey

APA-IL accepting ideas for upcoming conference

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) is asking for submissions for sessions and mobile workshops for the 2021 State Conference, which is tentatively scheduled to happen October 6-8. Submissions are due by Friday, April 30.

Remembering urban planning mentor, professor

Martin Wachs, a renowned professor, author, and mentor in transportation planning, passed away April 12 at his home in California. He was 79.

 

Wachs authored more than 160 articles and five books on transportation systems, performance measurement, and the relationships among transportation, land use, and air quality, according to the Institute of Transportation Studies. Learn more about his legacy.

Come work with us at CMAP

CMAP is hiring for two openings within our plan implementation and legislative affairs division. We are looking for qualified candidates for an associate planner/policy analyst position and a senior planner/policy analyst position.

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2021-25 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment 21-06. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by maile-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 17.

Events

APA-ISS Spring Conference
April 16 and 23, 2021
Host: American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter

We Will Chicago: Kickoff Conversation
April 29, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: City of Chicago and Metropolitan Planning Council

2021 National Planning Conference
May 5-7, 2021
Host: American Planning Association

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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-23-21

How to reform tax policy to strengthen communities

Illinois' fiscal and tax policy decisions affect regional investments in infrastructure and communities. Tax policy influences the overall economy and can spur business and residential development throughout northeastern Illinois. It also can limit local governments' ability to improve quality of life, keep communities in a cycle of disinvestment, and create an overreliance on property taxes.

 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) state legislative agenda outlines strategies that can enhance local revenues and build capacity. In particular, the agenda recommends broadening the sales tax base and committing more resources to support shared services and consolidations. To promote inclusive growth, tax policy reform must reflect the state's economies and demographics rather than arbitrary formulas. Learn more.

$1 billion in federal transportation grants available

Regional and local governments can apply for $1 billion in Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grants through Monday, July 12. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will evaluate applications on safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and other merit criteria.

 

USDOT will prioritize projects that can demonstrate improvements to equity, as well as reduce impacts of climate change and create good-paying jobs. Interested applicants can attend a webinar on Wednesday, April 28, to learn more about the application process.

Updated guidance for state, local coronavirus recovery funds

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released updated guidance for states, counties, cities, and other entities that are eligible to receive direct payments under the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

The act provides $350 billion in emergency funding to these governments to address the economic impacts of the pandemic. The treasury department is asking all eligible recipients to begin certain registration processes to ensure timely delivery of funds.

Submit feedback on coastal needs and protections

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative wants to hear from communities near the Lake Michigan shoreline about their coastal management needs in the face of changing water levels, erosion, flooding, and severe storm events.

 

Officials in Beach Park, Chicago, Evanston, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, North Chicago, Waukegan, Wilmette, Winnetka, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion have until Friday, April 30, to complete the initiative's needs assessment survey.

 

Counties, park districts, and other entities with overlapping jurisdictions within one or more of these communities also are encouraged to complete the survey

APA-IL accepting ideas for upcoming conference

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) is asking for submissions for sessions and mobile workshops for the 2021 State Conference, which is tentatively scheduled to happen October 6-8. Submissions are due by Friday, April 30.

Remembering urban planning mentor, professor

Martin Wachs, a renowned professor, author, and mentor in transportation planning, passed away April 12 at his home in California. He was 79.

 

Wachs authored more than 160 articles and five books on transportation systems, performance measurement, and the relationships among transportation, land use, and air quality, according to the Institute of Transportation Studies. Learn more about his legacy.

Come work with us at CMAP

CMAP is hiring for two openings within our plan implementation and legislative affairs division. We are looking for qualified candidates for an associate planner/policy analyst position and a senior planner/policy analyst position.

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2021-25 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment 21-06. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by maile-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 17.

Events

APA-ISS Spring Conference
April 16 and 23, 2021
Host: American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter

We Will Chicago: Kickoff Conversation
April 29, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: City of Chicago and Metropolitan Planning Council

2021 National Planning Conference
May 5-7, 2021
Host: American Planning Association

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