CMAP Weekly Update, 4-30-21

Update zoning rules to meet evolving housing needs

Zoning governs the look and feel of a community. But rules that restrict housing options can force residents to leave when their lives change, and prevent new ones from moving in. In this new video from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), learn how communities can update their rules to better support residents at every stage of their lives.

CMAP Talks: safe street design

In our latest CMAP Talks on complete streets design, panelists from the Illinois Department of Transportation, City of Aurora, and Epstein discussed how design can improve safety, and how communities in northeastern Illinois have adopted complete streets policies. We encourage you to share the webinar recording and presentation with your network as we work to improve safety for all travelers.

A new tree in every community of northeastern Illinois

Trees improve quality of life by providing significant social and health benefits, cleaning the air and water, reducing energy costs, and more. To realize these benefits, the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) encourages northeastern Illinois' 284 communities and Chicago's 50 wards to plant at least one tree this year. Read more about CRTI's Plant Trees for Communities initiative, and commit to planting a tree in your community.

Assistance for restaurants and venue operators

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration opened registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The fund provides direct relief funds to restaurants and other food establishments that experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the pandemic. While registration opens today, applications will be available on Monday, May 3.

 

The Small Business Administration also reopened the Shuttered Venue Operator grant program. This grant provides emergency assistance for theaters, museums, and other eligible venues affected by COVID-19.

$5.5 billion in loans available for water infrastructure projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approximately $5.5 billion available to finance water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program. Letters of intent are due by Friday, July 23.

Comment on Joliet Intermodal Master Plan by May 17

Will County and the City of Joliet have developed the Joliet Intermodal Master Plan for the Elwood/Joliet subregion of Will County. The plan's purpose is to identify transportation needs that support anticipated development of the area's intermodal industry while simultaneously working to improve quality of life for area residents. The study area boundary is Interstate 80 on the north, U.S. 52 on the east, West Hoff Road on the south, and Interstate 55 on the west.

 

Public input is being sought on the draft Transportation Improvement Program that identifies transportation priorities. All members of the public are invited to comment through Monday, May 17. Visit the Joliet Intermodal Master Plan website, and provide your input on the public involvement section of the webpage.

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

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

 

Red Line Extension Transit-Supportive Development Plan Community Meeting
May 5, 2021, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Host: Chicago Transit Authority

 

Red Line Extension Transit-Supportive Development Plan Community Meeting
May 6, 2021, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Host: Chicago Transit Authority

Where the Sidewalk Ends
May 11, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-30-21

Update zoning rules to meet evolving housing needs

Zoning governs the look and feel of a community. But rules that restrict housing options can force residents to leave when their lives change, and prevent new ones from moving in. In this new video from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), learn how communities can update their rules to better support residents at every stage of their lives.

CMAP Talks: safe street design

In our latest CMAP Talks on complete streets design, panelists from the Illinois Department of Transportation, City of Aurora, and Epstein discussed how design can improve safety, and how communities in northeastern Illinois have adopted complete streets policies. We encourage you to share the webinar recording and presentation with your network as we work to improve safety for all travelers.

A new tree in every community of northeastern Illinois

Trees improve quality of life by providing significant social and health benefits, cleaning the air and water, reducing energy costs, and more. To realize these benefits, the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) encourages northeastern Illinois' 284 communities and Chicago's 50 wards to plant at least one tree this year. Read more about CRTI's Plant Trees for Communities initiative, and commit to planting a tree in your community.

Assistance for restaurants and venue operators

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration opened registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The fund provides direct relief funds to restaurants and other food establishments that experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the pandemic. While registration opens today, applications will be available on Monday, May 3.

 

The Small Business Administration also reopened the Shuttered Venue Operator grant program. This grant provides emergency assistance for theaters, museums, and other eligible venues affected by COVID-19.

$5.5 billion in loans available for water infrastructure projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approximately $5.5 billion available to finance water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program. Letters of intent are due by Friday, July 23.

Comment on Joliet Intermodal Master Plan by May 17

Will County and the City of Joliet have developed the Joliet Intermodal Master Plan for the Elwood/Joliet subregion of Will County. The plan's purpose is to identify transportation needs that support anticipated development of the area's intermodal industry while simultaneously working to improve quality of life for area residents. The study area boundary is Interstate 80 on the north, U.S. 52 on the east, West Hoff Road on the south, and Interstate 55 on the west.

 

Public input is being sought on the draft Transportation Improvement Program that identifies transportation priorities. All members of the public are invited to comment through Monday, May 17. Visit the Joliet Intermodal Master Plan website, and provide your input on the public involvement section of the webpage.

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

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

 

Red Line Extension Transit-Supportive Development Plan Community Meeting
May 5, 2021, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Host: Chicago Transit Authority

 

Red Line Extension Transit-Supportive Development Plan Community Meeting
May 6, 2021, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Host: Chicago Transit Authority

Where the Sidewalk Ends
May 11, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

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