To protect people and property from floods that are happening more frequently due to climate change and development, ON TO 2050 recommends a number of strategies. CMAP and partners are working with flood-prone communities to enact recommended policies and practices and achieve local goals.
For example, CMAP, the Regional Transportation Authority, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago are working with village leaders and residents in Robbins to mitigate flooding and maximize local development potential. The goal is to go beyond standard engineering solutions to put in place both infrastructure and policies that reduce flooding, add amenities such as park space, and improve the local economy. Learn more about this initiative on CMAP’s website and in a recent Metropolitan Planning Council blog post.
CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program is also working with Midlothian leaders on a Stormwater Management Capital Plan, to help the community implement their RainReady Plan and make the best use of funding to prevent flooding. Like Robbins, Midlothian is using the challenge of flooding as an opportunity to invest in overall community improvements. The short video above features Midlothian resident Helen Lekavich and Village Trustee Karen Kreis on why the community is working to “build stormwater management policy into everything.”