CMAP Weekly Update, 8-6-21

How agriculture and conservation help communities thrive

Farm Foundation and Openlands held an event, Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation, last week to convene different stakeholders who have the common goal of sustaining and protecting farmland and open spaces in northeastern Illinois.

 

Erin Aleman, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), shared four key insights with the audience on how to work together to support the region's agricultural heritage and conservation lands.

Students explore planning during FLIP summer program

This summer, more than 30 high school and college students from across northeastern Illinois participated in CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. FLIP, now in its 13th year, is a leadership development opportunity for students to explore urban planning and contribute to a better future for the region. This year's program emphasized the importance of equity in planning and included a walking tour of Chicago's Washington Park neighborhood.

Downtown study kicks off in Lemont

CMAP is working with the Village of Lemont to develop a study that will evaluate civic spaces, parking locations, and designations within downtown Lemont. Established in 1836, Lemont is recognized as one of the oldest communities in northeastern Illinois. The village's downtown, characterized by limestone-clad buildings, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

 

Today, Lemont continues to thrive as a mixed-use downtown with homes, shops, restaurants, businesses, a Metra station, and civic spaces. As the village continues to experience growth, the Lemont Downtown Study is an opportunity to evaluate existing land uses, parking supply and management, and opportunities for public placemaking.

Provide input on Pace's new strategic vision plan

Pace Suburban Bus invites the public to provide feedback on Driving Innovation, its new strategic plan. The plan will guide Pace as it reimagines its service and builds a modern, equitable, and robust transportation system for northeastern Illinois. Comments on the draft plan are open through Friday, August 20. They can be sent to Driving.Innovation@PaceBus.com; by phone at (847) 364-7223, option 3; or by mail to Pace Driving Innovation, 550 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005.

Funding for Safe Routes to School

The funding cycle for Safe Routes to School will start accepting electronic application packets Monday, August 16, through Thursday, September 30. The funding only will be offered for infrastructure projects, with a maximum award of $250,000 per project. Questions can be directed to DOT.SafeRoutes@illinois.gov.

Funding for small local governments

Small local governments in Illinois that have not already received aid from the American Rescue Plan Act can apply for more than $742 million in federal funds. The money can be used to cover expenses from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participate in the Lake Michigan Coastal Resilience Initiative

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have kicked off the Lake Michigan Coastal Resilience Initiative to help Great Lakes cities strengthen coastal resilience and respond to challenges, such as shoreline erosion, flooding, and severe storm events. Shoreline jurisdictions along Lake Michigan are encouraged to participate.

 

A kickoff webinar for the initiative was held Tuesday, July 20; see the PowerPoint presentation here. Interested jurisdictions are invited to fill out an expression of interest form.

 

If you have questions about the initiative, please contact Matt Doss with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative or Heather Stirratt with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.

Events

In-person events

Chicago Budget Engagement Forum
August 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: City of Chicago

Online events

CANCELLED - Unified Work Program
August 11, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

STP Project Selection Committee
August 19, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-6-21

How agriculture and conservation help communities thrive

Farm Foundation and Openlands held an event, Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation, last week to convene different stakeholders who have the common goal of sustaining and protecting farmland and open spaces in northeastern Illinois.

 

Erin Aleman, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), shared four key insights with the audience on how to work together to support the region's agricultural heritage and conservation lands.

Students explore planning during FLIP summer program

This summer, more than 30 high school and college students from across northeastern Illinois participated in CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. FLIP, now in its 13th year, is a leadership development opportunity for students to explore urban planning and contribute to a better future for the region. This year's program emphasized the importance of equity in planning and included a walking tour of Chicago's Washington Park neighborhood.

Downtown study kicks off in Lemont

CMAP is working with the Village of Lemont to develop a study that will evaluate civic spaces, parking locations, and designations within downtown Lemont. Established in 1836, Lemont is recognized as one of the oldest communities in northeastern Illinois. The village's downtown, characterized by limestone-clad buildings, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

 

Today, Lemont continues to thrive as a mixed-use downtown with homes, shops, restaurants, businesses, a Metra station, and civic spaces. As the village continues to experience growth, the Lemont Downtown Study is an opportunity to evaluate existing land uses, parking supply and management, and opportunities for public placemaking.

Provide input on Pace's new strategic vision plan

Pace Suburban Bus invites the public to provide feedback on Driving Innovation, its new strategic plan. The plan will guide Pace as it reimagines its service and builds a modern, equitable, and robust transportation system for northeastern Illinois. Comments on the draft plan are open through Friday, August 20. They can be sent to Driving.Innovation@PaceBus.com; by phone at (847) 364-7223, option 3; or by mail to Pace Driving Innovation, 550 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005.

Funding for Safe Routes to School

The funding cycle for Safe Routes to School will start accepting electronic application packets Monday, August 16, through Thursday, September 30. The funding only will be offered for infrastructure projects, with a maximum award of $250,000 per project. Questions can be directed to DOT.SafeRoutes@illinois.gov.

Funding for small local governments

Small local governments in Illinois that have not already received aid from the American Rescue Plan Act can apply for more than $742 million in federal funds. The money can be used to cover expenses from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participate in the Lake Michigan Coastal Resilience Initiative

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have kicked off the Lake Michigan Coastal Resilience Initiative to help Great Lakes cities strengthen coastal resilience and respond to challenges, such as shoreline erosion, flooding, and severe storm events. Shoreline jurisdictions along Lake Michigan are encouraged to participate.

 

A kickoff webinar for the initiative was held Tuesday, July 20; see the PowerPoint presentation here. Interested jurisdictions are invited to fill out an expression of interest form.

 

If you have questions about the initiative, please contact Matt Doss with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative or Heather Stirratt with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.

Events

In-person events

Chicago Budget Engagement Forum
August 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: City of Chicago

Online events

CANCELLED - Unified Work Program
August 11, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

STP Project Selection Committee
August 19, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

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