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September 30, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-27-19

Sep 30, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-27-19

Illinois capital bill review series

CMAP has published an in-depth policy review of Rebuild Illinois and other legislation as a three-part series. The analyses examine transportation provisions, “vertical” provisions, and other measures approved by the Illinois General Assembly during the spring session. These analyses include revenue forecasts, synthesis and examination of appropriations, and a thorough discussion of the implications for implementing the region’s ON TO 2050 plan. You can also explore the capital appropriations with a tool CMAP recently created. 

 

Series highlights region's water challenges

Regional challenges facing water supply and quality, and the impact of increased flooding due to climate change are highlighted in a new package of stories published today as part of Crain's Chicago Business Forum series. Separate stories discuss the disproportionate impact of flooding on communities already facing a lack of resources and the tough choices faced by the region's collar counties that rely on groundwater. These stories highlight multiple CMAP projects, including the Regional Flood Susceptibility Index, the Regional Water Demand Forecast, as well as projects currently being done in partnership with local communities facing water and flooding issues, such as Robbins.

 

To learn more about how your community can plan for flooding and other water-related issues, join CMAP for "Planning for an equitable water future," a CMAP Small Plans, Big Ideas forum series event, at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, at the CalComm Regional 911 Center (12419 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park).

 

CMAP wins top awards from state planning association

CMAP and its planning efforts were recognized with four awards from the Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL) at its annual conference this week. The awards included recognition for ON TO 2050 with the top prize, the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.

Over more than three years of plan development, CMAP worked with dozens of partners, stakeholders and resource groups, and engaged more than 100,000 residents of northeastern Illinois to create a vision to help the region and its communities achieve prosperity together.

“The development of ON TO 2050 would not have been possible without the efforts of many, many others throughout the Chicago region and everyone at the agency,” said CMAP executive director Erin Aleman. “We are honored by this recognition and will continue to work toward implementation of the plan’s recommendations for a more inclusive, resilient, and thriving future.”

Several other CMAP-supported plans were recognized by APA-IL this year including three plans developed in partnership with communities through the agency’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

 

Read more about the awards in a CMAP news release or from APA-IL.

 

Panelists in Joliet discuss how focusing your plan can lead to real results

At Tuesday's Small Plans, Big Ideas forum, “Focusing your plan for real results,” a panel of experts discussed strategies for subarea planning, implementation, and community engagement. More than 50 attendees attended the event at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, which concluded with a speech from CMAP executive director Erin Aleman, who encouraged attendees to work together to find solutions to common planning problems.

 

Register now for "Making it happen -- from plan to project" in North Chicago

Don’t forget to register for “Making it happen -- from plan to project,” the next event in the forum series at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center (1215 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago). CMAP executive director Erin Aleman will moderate a conversation about accessing funding for local infrastructure investments with Sarah Coulter, executive director of the Calumet Collaborative; Tomo Music, senior planner with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways; and Mike Warner, executive director of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

 

The Small Plans, Big Ideas event series coincides with the 2019 joint Call for Projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance and RTA Community Planning programs, which is open for applications through Thursday, October 17. Each event will help you make meaningful connections with other communities and collaborate on some of our region’s toughest issues.

 

CMAP releases new travel demand model report

The CMAP Modeling team recently released the Activity-Based Model (ABM) Calibration and Validation report. Activity-based models (ABMs) are more advanced than the standard travel demand models used by most planning agencies across the country and seek to represent the choices made by individual travelers in a more realistic way. These models include detailed information about the trips occurring in a region and demographic data about the people making them. Model calibration and validation involves conducting numerous analyses that compare what a model is saying to actual observed data so that planners can have confidence in the model results. The results of these evaluations for CMAP’s ABM show that the model reflects observed travel patterns reasonably well. The report allows viewers to explore the data and examine travel behavior based on person type or household demographics, and to better understand travel patterns that occur in northeastern Illinois. The data represented and discussed in the report are also available on the CMAP Data Hub

 

Events

Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Making it happen -- from plan to project

Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
October 1, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Current Projects: Saving Old Cook County Hospital
Chicago Architecture Center
Gand Lecture Hall
111 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
October 1, 2019
6:00 p.m.
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Property Tax Reform Town Hall
South Suburban College
15800 S. State St.
South Holland, IL 60473
October 1, 2019
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
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2019 Transformer Awards
Metropolitan Planning Council 
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 6063
October 2, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Planning for an equitable water future

CalComm Regional 911 Center
12419 S. Ashland Ave.
Calumet Park, IL 60827
October 3, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
More information

Municipal Finance Data Forum: Midwest
Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus
1120 E. Diehl Rd. 
Naperville, IL 60563
October 3, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Urban Think & Drink 
An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
October 3, 2019
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Benefiting from a changing economy

Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
October 8, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Property Tax Reform Town Hall
Stickney Village Hall
6533 W. Pershing Rd.
Stickney, IL 60402
October 10, 2019
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
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