Resilience -- preparing for rapid changes, both known and unknown -- is one ofthree principles underlying all recommendations of the ON TO 2050 plan. Whether driven by climate, commerce, technology, or other factors, change can be disruptive and yet offer opportunities. Described below are just a few recent examples of how the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is helping communities embed Resilience in their plans.
Building on local assets in Chicago's North River communities
On November 13, the North River Commission (NRC) Board adopted theNorth River Communities Plan, developed with LTA support. Covering Albany Park and parts of North Park and Irving Park on Chicago's northwest side, the plan features strategies to build on existing local assets, including the Chicago Transit Authority Brown Line, Chicago River, and the areas' long history of immigration and diversity. The plan also includes strategies to preserve and create housing affordability and options, which build on a Technical Assistance Panel -- convened by the Urban Land Institute-Chicago convened with NRC and CMAP -- that led to the Workforce Housing Strategies for North River Communities report.
Improving transportation, commerce on the North Avenue corridor
At a November 15 public meeting, CMAP LTA staff discussed revitalization plans for the North Avenue corridor with residents of Chicago's Galewood neighborhood and west suburban Oak Park. Improving transportation and supporting existing businesses while revitalizing to attract new ones are tops on residents' lists. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
Managing flooding in Midlothian -- and the region
On November 19, CMAP staff attended the groundbreaking for a $7.63 millionMetropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago project to alleviate flooding in south suburban Midlothian and Oak Forest. By enlarging culverts and widening the channel of Natalie Creek while adding new stormwater detention nearby, the project will reduce overbank flooding. CMAP's LTA program is currently supporting a Stormwater Management Capital Plan for Midlothian, to help the community prioritize investments and make the best use of public funds to prevent flooding.
Among numerous local strategy maps, ON TO 2050 includes one based on CMAP's Urban Flood Susceptibility Index that can help communities identify areas that are more susceptible to flooding. The ON TO 2050 plan recognizes that continued urbanization and climate change will bring more flooding to the Chicago region.
Reminder: Resilience survey
When you hear the word "Resilience," do you think about changes and challenges resulting from the environment, finances, technology -- or all of the above? What are your suggestions for implementing ON TO 2050 recommendations that support Resilience? How is your organization working toward a more resilient region? Take this short survey about Resilience as the ON TO 2050 implementation phase begins.