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May 15, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-15-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-15-20

COVID-19 Regional Recovery Survey

CMAP, in partnership with the City of Chicago's Economic Recovery Taskforce Cook County, DuPage County, and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, is conducting a survey about municipal needs, concerns, and anticipated COVID-19 impacts and expenditures. If you received the email yesterday, Thursday, May 14, please take a few minutes to fill it out today. Please contact Patrick Day with questions.

 

CMAP Board meeting

You can view a recording of this week’s meeting and previous CMAP Board meetings on the CMAP Meetings YouTube channel. The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10. Watch the Weekly Update for more details.

 

Webinar: Tools for effective, virtual public meetings

COVID-19 presents new challenges for those hosting public meetings, as communities pivot to incorporate online platforms and tools to reach their audiences and effectively engage a broader constituency. Join CMAP and leaders from Highland Park, Kimley-Horn and Ancel Glink, who are successfully navigating the new world of public engagement in the time of COVID-19.

Register for the webinar.

 

The region can't afford to postpone investment in our water systems

Throughout this pandemic, the region’s drinking water and wastewater utilities have continued to provide essential services even as their staffing is reduced to maintain social distancing. Despite an ability to rise to the immediate challenge, utilities face an array of issues, some of which are just beginning to emerge.

The public health crisis makes upgrading infrastructure and replacing drinking water and wastewater utilities all the more urgent, even as many utilities are pausing non-essential maintenance work or on extensive capital projects. Read more on our website.


CMAP wants to keep you updated on COVID-19 impacts to the region. Each week, we will bring you more information and analysis to help shape decision making. You can find previous analyses on our COVID-19 Response page, as well as a list of resources.

 

CMAP seeks stakeholder input on Laraway Road

CMAP is working with stakeholders to study potential improvements at the Laraway Road at-grade crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad in the City of Joliet. To complete the study, CMAP is engaging in a planning and environmental linkages (PEL) process. Through this process, the purpose, need, and results of the alternatives screening can be carried forward into engineering, saving time and effort during that phase of project development. Stakeholders, including residents, road users, local governments, organizations, and business owners, are invited to complete a survey regarding the site and/or to identify concerns on an interactive map. The survey, interactive map, and more information about the PEL study are on the project page.

 

CMAP celebrates: Lindsay Bayley

“Twelve days after I graduated from undergrad, I joined the Peace Corps in Guatemala and lived there for two years doing municipal planning. I worked in a small village and also went around the country teaching geographic information systems (GIS) to Guatemalan planners and other volunteers, so they could make maps for their communities.

From there I got my master’s in GIS because I saw the potential for using digital mapping in the planning world. After my master’s degree and two years working for the Federal Highway Administration, I knew I wanted to end up back in Chicago. My parents are here, and I wanted to live where I didn’t need a car.

When I was in the Peace Corps, a bike was the easiest way to get around my community. What really got me into biking in the U.S. was the fact that I was could save a ton of money if I got rid of my car — and all the associated payments and tickets. But it quickly became so much more than that. I feel much more connected to the city at the street level. Every trip for our family is an adventure — and my five-year-old daughter prefers just about any mode over a car. We have so much fun getting everywhere, and I’ve made friends just by chatting with people in the bike lane.

If you really want to get to know a community, it’s helpful to spend some time biking around. You get to see things you’d miss if you were going faster.”

Lindsay graduated from the University of Illinois with her bachelor’s and went on to complete her master’s in GIS at the University of Redlands. Recently, she has played an integral role in developing CMAP’s Sidewalk Inventory and Chinatown parking study.

 

Capital projects funding grants

Governor Pritzker and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have launched the Fast-Track Capital Grants, a $25 million initiative, which will help accelerate funding to help complete critical public infrastructure projects.

 

RTA mobility options survey

The RTA is in the process of updating the 2013 Human Services Transportation Plan for the Chicago region. The plan’s goal is to build on the existing network of transportation services provided by public, private, and human service organizations to improve mobility for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The planning process will involve extensive stakeholder involvement, public outreach, evaluation of services, and identification of barriers, gaps, and challenges. These activities will provide a foundation for new, coordinated transportation goals and strategies to guide the next five years. Three surveys are now available, depending on your role. Please take the appropriate survey by Monday, June 8.

 

University of Illinois Extension survey

The University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development team is asking for input to better allow them to provide the resources necessary to address the COVID-19 crisis and related issues. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Questions can be directed to Zach Kennedy.

 

Events

CMAP Meeting

CMAP Transportation Committee
CMAP
Virtual
May 22, 2020
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
More information

Webinars

Zoning to Meet Your Community's Planned Vision
Regional Transportation Authority
May 19, 2020
Noon
More information

Argonne's Impact on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Argonne National Laboratory
May 19, 2020
7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
More information

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Clean, Safe, and Abundant: Solutions for Stormwater and Water Quality
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 19, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

National Webinar on Short Term Rental Compliance
Smart City Policy Summit
May 21, 2020
2:00 p.m.
More information

Bike Path Wayfinding Study Virtual Public Meeting
Lake County Division of Transportation
May 27, 2020
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-15-20

COVID-19 Regional Recovery Survey

CMAP, in partnership with the City of Chicago's Economic Recovery Taskforce Cook County, DuPage County, and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, is conducting a survey about municipal needs, concerns, and anticipated COVID-19 impacts and expenditures. If you received the email yesterday, Thursday, May 14, please take a few minutes to fill it out today. Please contact Patrick Day with questions.

 

CMAP Board meeting

You can view a recording of this week’s meeting and previous CMAP Board meetings on the CMAP Meetings YouTube channel. The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10. Watch the Weekly Update for more details.

 

Webinar: Tools for effective, virtual public meetings

COVID-19 presents new challenges for those hosting public meetings, as communities pivot to incorporate online platforms and tools to reach their audiences and effectively engage a broader constituency. Join CMAP and leaders from Highland Park, Kimley-Horn and Ancel Glink, who are successfully navigating the new world of public engagement in the time of COVID-19.

Register for the webinar.

 

The region can't afford to postpone investment in our water systems

Throughout this pandemic, the region’s drinking water and wastewater utilities have continued to provide essential services even as their staffing is reduced to maintain social distancing. Despite an ability to rise to the immediate challenge, utilities face an array of issues, some of which are just beginning to emerge.

The public health crisis makes upgrading infrastructure and replacing drinking water and wastewater utilities all the more urgent, even as many utilities are pausing non-essential maintenance work or on extensive capital projects. Read more on our website.


CMAP wants to keep you updated on COVID-19 impacts to the region. Each week, we will bring you more information and analysis to help shape decision making. You can find previous analyses on our COVID-19 Response page, as well as a list of resources.

 

CMAP seeks stakeholder input on Laraway Road

CMAP is working with stakeholders to study potential improvements at the Laraway Road at-grade crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad in the City of Joliet. To complete the study, CMAP is engaging in a planning and environmental linkages (PEL) process. Through this process, the purpose, need, and results of the alternatives screening can be carried forward into engineering, saving time and effort during that phase of project development. Stakeholders, including residents, road users, local governments, organizations, and business owners, are invited to complete a survey regarding the site and/or to identify concerns on an interactive map. The survey, interactive map, and more information about the PEL study are on the project page.

 

CMAP celebrates: Lindsay Bayley

“Twelve days after I graduated from undergrad, I joined the Peace Corps in Guatemala and lived there for two years doing municipal planning. I worked in a small village and also went around the country teaching geographic information systems (GIS) to Guatemalan planners and other volunteers, so they could make maps for their communities.

From there I got my master’s in GIS because I saw the potential for using digital mapping in the planning world. After my master’s degree and two years working for the Federal Highway Administration, I knew I wanted to end up back in Chicago. My parents are here, and I wanted to live where I didn’t need a car.

When I was in the Peace Corps, a bike was the easiest way to get around my community. What really got me into biking in the U.S. was the fact that I was could save a ton of money if I got rid of my car — and all the associated payments and tickets. But it quickly became so much more than that. I feel much more connected to the city at the street level. Every trip for our family is an adventure — and my five-year-old daughter prefers just about any mode over a car. We have so much fun getting everywhere, and I’ve made friends just by chatting with people in the bike lane.

If you really want to get to know a community, it’s helpful to spend some time biking around. You get to see things you’d miss if you were going faster.”

Lindsay graduated from the University of Illinois with her bachelor’s and went on to complete her master’s in GIS at the University of Redlands. Recently, she has played an integral role in developing CMAP’s Sidewalk Inventory and Chinatown parking study.

 

Capital projects funding grants

Governor Pritzker and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have launched the Fast-Track Capital Grants, a $25 million initiative, which will help accelerate funding to help complete critical public infrastructure projects.

 

RTA mobility options survey

The RTA is in the process of updating the 2013 Human Services Transportation Plan for the Chicago region. The plan’s goal is to build on the existing network of transportation services provided by public, private, and human service organizations to improve mobility for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The planning process will involve extensive stakeholder involvement, public outreach, evaluation of services, and identification of barriers, gaps, and challenges. These activities will provide a foundation for new, coordinated transportation goals and strategies to guide the next five years. Three surveys are now available, depending on your role. Please take the appropriate survey by Monday, June 8.

 

University of Illinois Extension survey

The University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development team is asking for input to better allow them to provide the resources necessary to address the COVID-19 crisis and related issues. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Questions can be directed to Zach Kennedy.

 

Events

CMAP Meeting

CMAP Transportation Committee
CMAP
Virtual
May 22, 2020
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
More information

Webinars

Zoning to Meet Your Community's Planned Vision
Regional Transportation Authority
May 19, 2020
Noon
More information

Argonne's Impact on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Argonne National Laboratory
May 19, 2020
7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
More information

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Clean, Safe, and Abundant: Solutions for Stormwater and Water Quality
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 19, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

National Webinar on Short Term Rental Compliance
Smart City Policy Summit
May 21, 2020
2:00 p.m.
More information

Bike Path Wayfinding Study Virtual Public Meeting
Lake County Division of Transportation
May 27, 2020
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
More information

 

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