March 20, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-13-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-13-20

CMAP working remotely, office closed

In accordance with the governor’s request for nonessential staff to work from home, the CMAP office will be closed for the foreseeable future. Our main concern is for the health of each CMAP staff member, the community members we serve, and all of our varied stakeholders. The health of all people and every community comes first, so committee meetings will be conducted virtually and staff will continue to advance the important work of the region from home as we monitor the situation.

For questions, please leave a message at 312-454-0400 and we will return your call, or you can send an email through our contact form.

 

Flood Safety Awareness Week

The National Weather Service has declared March 9-13 Flood Safety Awareness Week in Illinois.

While flooding is a natural occurrence, continued urbanization and climate change increase the amount of flooding we experience. Increased stormwater runoff can overwhelm sewers and lead to urban flooding, such as ponding water in streets and yards, basement seepage, and sewer backups. Stormwater eventually flows to rivers and streams and can cause more flooding as water flows over riverbanks and into the floodplain. 

This week, senior planners Nora Beck and Kate Evasic presented at the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management conference. They talked about our Regional Flood Susceptibility Index as well as Midlothian's new stormwater management capital plan, one of our Local Technical Assistance projects. 

ON TO 2050 recommends reducing flood risk through actions like identifying risks and improving planning and development to reduce current and future risk. Additionally, CMAP has developed the Regional Flood Susceptibility Index to identify priority areas across the region for flood mitigation activities. The index is used to integrate stormwater management strategies into our Local Technical Assistance projects. Read our Guide to Flood Susceptibility and Stormwater Planning for more information on how to use the flood susceptibility index in planning activities.

 

Watch the latest CMAP board meeting

The CMAP Board met at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11 to discuss the FY 2021 Budget and Workplan, FY 2021 Local Technical Assistance projects, and amendments to ON TO 2050. You can watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube.

 

Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan open house postponed

The public open house for the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed until further notice due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus). CMAP is monitoring the situation closely and will communicate a new date for the event when it is chosen.

 

Transit Customer Satisfaction Surveys online

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is inviting riders to share their thoughts about public transit. The agency is sponsoring a system-wide survey to collect customers’ feedback about CTA, Metra, and/or Pace. CTA, Metra, and Pace (or any combination of the three) riders are asked to rate their satisfaction with safety, service levels, communications, comfort, and more. The responses will help the RTA and the transit providers understand where to focus efforts on improving your ride in the future. Feel free to encourage your fellow riders to do so as well. You can choose to reply anonymously or opt in for future surveys.

CTA: https://rsgsurvey.com/cta/survey/1/en?anon=t&seg=4

Metra: https://rsgsurvey.com/metra/survey/1/en?anon=t&seg=2

Pace: https://rsgsurvey.com/pace/survey/1/en?anon=t&seg=4

 

Transport Chicago call for proposals

Transport Chicago invites all professionals to submit a proposal for their 35th Annual Conference on Friday, June 12. Guidelines can be found here. Proposals will be accepted through Friday, March 20.

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 3-13-20

CMAP working remotely, office closed

In accordance with the governor’s request for nonessential staff to work from home, the CMAP office will be closed for the foreseeable future. Our main concern is for the health of each CMAP staff member, the community members we serve, and all of our varied stakeholders. The health of all people and every community comes first, so committee meetings will be conducted virtually and staff will continue to advance the important work of the region from home as we monitor the situation.

For questions, please leave a message at 312-454-0400 and we will return your call, or you can send an email through our contact form.

 

Flood Safety Awareness Week

The National Weather Service has declared March 9-13 Flood Safety Awareness Week in Illinois.

While flooding is a natural occurrence, continued urbanization and climate change increase the amount of flooding we experience. Increased stormwater runoff can overwhelm sewers and lead to urban flooding, such as ponding water in streets and yards, basement seepage, and sewer backups. Stormwater eventually flows to rivers and streams and can cause more flooding as water flows over riverbanks and into the floodplain. 

This week, senior planners Nora Beck and Kate Evasic presented at the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management conference. They talked about our Regional Flood Susceptibility Index as well as Midlothian's new stormwater management capital plan, one of our Local Technical Assistance projects. 

ON TO 2050 recommends reducing flood risk through actions like identifying risks and improving planning and development to reduce current and future risk. Additionally, CMAP has developed the Regional Flood Susceptibility Index to identify priority areas across the region for flood mitigation activities. The index is used to integrate stormwater management strategies into our Local Technical Assistance projects. Read our Guide to Flood Susceptibility and Stormwater Planning for more information on how to use the flood susceptibility index in planning activities.

 

Watch the latest CMAP board meeting

The CMAP Board met at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11 to discuss the FY 2021 Budget and Workplan, FY 2021 Local Technical Assistance projects, and amendments to ON TO 2050. You can watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube.

 

Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan open house postponed

The public open house for the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed until further notice due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus). CMAP is monitoring the situation closely and will communicate a new date for the event when it is chosen.

 

Transit Customer Satisfaction Surveys online

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is inviting riders to share their thoughts about public transit. The agency is sponsoring a system-wide survey to collect customers’ feedback about CTA, Metra, and/or Pace. CTA, Metra, and Pace (or any combination of the three) riders are asked to rate their satisfaction with safety, service levels, communications, comfort, and more. The responses will help the RTA and the transit providers understand where to focus efforts on improving your ride in the future. Feel free to encourage your fellow riders to do so as well. You can choose to reply anonymously or opt in for future surveys.

CTA: https://rsgsurvey.com/cta/survey/1/en?anon=t&seg=4

Metra: https://rsgsurvey.com/metra/survey/1/en?anon=t&seg=2

Pace: https://rsgsurvey.com/pace/survey/1/en?anon=t&seg=4

 

Transport Chicago call for proposals

Transport Chicago invites all professionals to submit a proposal for their 35th Annual Conference on Friday, June 12. Guidelines can be found here. Proposals will be accepted through Friday, March 20.

 

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