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February 22, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-22-19

Feb 22, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-22-19

Two new plans support a more resilient region

Resilient Chicago
Last Thursday, the City of Chicago released Resilient Chicago, which contains 50 actionable initiatives to reduce disparities between the city's neighborhoods; address the root causes of crime and violence; ensure the provision of critical infrastructure; and promote engaged, prepared, and cohesive communities. The strategy also aims to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 and an electric CTA bus fleet by 2040. WBEZ covered the roll out of the plan. 
The three pillars of the Resilient Chicago plan: strong neighborhoods, robust infrastructure, and prepared communities align with and support ON TO 2050's three principles of inclusive growth, prioritized investment, and resilience. 
Chicago Region Trees Initiative Master Plan
Late last year, the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) released its new Master Plan 2050, which advances a vision to improve the health and canopy of the region’s forest. CMAP joined CRTI’s many partner organizations to develop the Master Plan.

The plan focuses on making the region’s trees healthier, more abundant and diverse, and more equitably distributed. The plan's goals support ON TO 2050’s recommendation to improve natural resources through the redevelopment process

Public comment closes on Monday on proposed amendments to ON TO 2050

The City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has requested amendments to ON TO 2050 to designate two proposed projects -- the O’Hare Express System, and Roadway Improvements to Support the Update to the South Lakefront Framework Plan -- as regionally significant projects in ON TO 2050.
Per the amendment process, CMAP has conducted both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of the proposals. Memos reporting on these analyses are available for public comment through Monday, February 25. Following the public comment period, CMAP staff will produce a recommendation memo, which will be voted on by the CMAP Board on Wednesday, March 13, and by the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee on Thursday, March 14. 

Future Leaders in Planning Boot Camp

CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) Program is partnering with University of Illinois-Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) to host a free workshop for high school students. This boot camp will help students build their college resume, receive community service hours, learn how to advocate for communities. Apply online for the boot camp, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 16, at CUPPA (412 S. Peoria St., 2nd floor, Chicago). Lunch is provided and transportation passes are available to those experiencing financial hardship. 

Regional Housing Initiative

Since 2002, the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) has helped develop affordable housing in over 30 communities around the CMAP region and is now accepting developer applications for 2019. Developers also interested in applying for the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s low-income tax credits should contact Jonathan Burch ( or 312-386-8690) for more information. 

Helping communities prosper through transportation investments

To advance the three principles of ON TO 2050 and help communities prosper through transportation investments, CMAP is accepting funding applications through Friday, March 15, for surface transportation projects. Funding for these projects will be distributed through federal sources that CMAP programs: the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). Learn more about the call for projects, including application booklets and instructions, at


What are the Benefits of Community Ownership of Affordable Housing?
New Mount Pilgrim Church Conference Room
22 N. Kildare Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
February 25, 2019
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Community Tree Network: Working with Volunteers
Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd.
Evanston, IL 60201
February 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2019 Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing
Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
February 26-27, 2019
How Do Parking Requirements Impact eTOD?
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
17 N. state St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
March 5, 2019
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
SUMC 2019 National Shared Use Mobility Summit
Fairmont Hotel
200 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
March 5-7, 2019
Why Consider Both Affordable Housing and Social Service Delivery in eTOD Planning?
The Leland Building
1207 W. Leland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
March 9, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
What Will New Transportation Technology do for eTOD?
17 N. State St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
March 21, 2019
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
How Do History and Culture Impact eTOD?
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
1000 E. 111th St., 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60628
April 2, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Save the Date:
Transport Chicago 2019 Conference

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 W. Mart Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60654
June 14, 2019
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