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September 1, 2017

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-1-2017

Sep 1, 2017

Alternative Futures campaign concludes

On Wednesday, CMAP executive director Joe Szabo addressed the City Club of Chicago, describing public feedback from our five-month engagement phase and previewing anticipated recommendations of the ON TO 2050 plan. In addition to the Club's video, WGN Radio has made audio available.
In October, CMAP will publish the ON TO 2050 Preview Report, with an appendix summarizing results of the engagement, which reached more than 30,000 people who attended events (including 127 workshops and five larger forums), over 48,000 who interacted with the kiosks, and more than 8,000 who visited the plan's web pages (including surveys and videos). This phase is wrapping up today with one final workshop, hosted by Access Living.

Infill and TOD

CMAP's latest snapshot report explores how growth since 2000 has altered our region's opportunities for Infill and TOD (transit oriented development). ON TO 2050 will build on GO TO 2040's recommendation to focus new development where infrastructure -- particularly transit -- already exists. And like its predecessor, the new plan will also acknowledge that not all of the region's new development can or should be infill, as described in our very recent Lands in Transition strategy paper.

CMAP happenings

Public comment for CMAQ, TAP-L, and TIP through September 4
CMAP has released the proposed FFY 2018-22 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and FFY 2018-20 Transportation Alternatives Program-Local (TAP-L) for public review. Comments on the program of projects may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400).
The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a conformity analysis of GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the cover memo and list of conformity amendments. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400).
Transit Ridership Growth Study
Data from the past few years indicate that the region is not on track to reach the transit ridership goals set forth by GO TO 2040. CMAP's new Transit Ridership Growth Study evaluates what would need to occur to reach these ridership goals, including transit capital investments and policy changes related to parking, roadway pricing, and land use. For example, increasing the number of jobs located near transit would attract a relatively high number of new transit riders compared with other potential interventions. 
Fox River Corridor Plan public meeting
A public meeting for the Fox River Corridor Plan will be held on Thursday, September 21, at Lake Barrington Village Hall (23860 N. Old Barrington Rd., Barrington), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. This project is supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program. Contact Kate Evasic ( or 312-386-8782) with questions.
My Daily Travel 
In August, CMAP began a pilot study for the My Daily Travel survey, which will collect information about how and when residents get around the region. We will test the survey with about 600 households; between March 2018 and May 2019, the broader survey will collect information from approximately 12,000 households. The data will help build a complete picture of local and regional transportation needs, so decision makers can effectively recommend where to make improvements. 
ON TO 2050 outreach
Thank you to Round Lake Area Exchange Club, the Kendall County Health Department, and Access Living for hosting ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures workshops this week, concluding a busy season of public engagement for development of the ON TO 2050 regional plan. For continuing discussion with CMAP about the ON TO 2050 plan, contact Jane Grover (312-386-8802 or

Planning in the news

Hurricane Harvey
Amid this past week's awful destruction, attention has been called to some prior analysis by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune on the Houston region's potential for resilience in light of such a natural disaster. 
Mundelein pedestrian overpass
The Village of Mundelein is moving ahead with plans for a pedestrian overpass near its Metra station, with funding provided in part through CMAQ
Burnham Greenway 
The Chicago Tribune reported on the dispute over a sidewalk in south suburban Burnham where five railway tracks raise safety concerns about filling in the gap of the Burnham Greenway bike and pedestrian trail.
Sales tax revenue
The Daily Herald examined the food and beverage tax that will go into effect in January in Downers Grove and the community's sales tax rebate program, citing a CMAP Policy Update on the prevalence of such programs in our region.
Housing for veterans
A new 67-unit apartment complex for veterans, Hope Manor Joliet, opened this week. Operating revenue for the facility is provided in part through the Regional Housing Initiative, which supports affordable and mixed-income housing in opportunity areas. Read more in the Trib
Traffic roundabouts
The Daily Southtown described a roundabout in Orland Park slated to begin construction next spring, with a second one planned. The project was funded through the CMAP local Surface Transportation Program.

Around the region

American Planning Association (APA) conference 
The 2017 APA-IL State Conference will be September 13-15 at Hotel Indigo (120 Water St., Naperville). Register and view the program.
As part of the conference, a day-long Plan Commissioner Training session will be offered on Thursday, September 14. Commissioners will learn the essential elements of creating and maintaining an efficient and productive plan process and participate in a mock public hearing. Register here
TODrinks will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hotel Indigo. Conference registration is not required.
CAMP Workshop
The National Alliance for Preservation Commissions will present a Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) on Saturday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the McLean County Museum of History (200 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL). Register online for free.
Vision Zero Chicago
Vision Zero Chicago, a program from the City of Chicago that focuses on eliminating death and serious injury from traffic crashes by 2026, is holding several public open meetings on the West Side of Chicago.
Jefferson Park Park(ing) Day
Jefferson Park Forward (JPF) is participating in Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Park Transit Center (4917 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago). For information, visit Facebook or the JPF website.
STIP and MYP Open House
IDOT is seeking input on its upcoming FY2018-21 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and its FY2019-24 Proposed Highway Improvement Program (MYP). A public meeting will be held for District 3 at the District 3 office (700 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa) on Tuesday, September 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Comments can also be emailed to or through September 15.
Inclusion in planning and architecture
Join the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) and Chicago Architecture Foundation on Friday, September 15, for "Inclusion in Architecture: Getting beyond the Pipeline Development," a panel discussion about increasing inclusion in planning and architecture beginning with K-12 students and beyond. The event will be from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. at the APA offices (205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago). Register today for this and other sessions during AAO's Design Matters Conference September 14-16 in Chicago.
CNU IL 10: Mind the (Housing) Gap
Register now for a one-day event in Oak Park on Friday, September 22, 2017, hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism to discuss how small-scale, locally motivated, and incremental development can address equitable housing. The program includes panel discussions, a keynote presentation, a walking tour, and a pecha kucha. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.


2017 APA-IL State Conference
Hotel Indigo and Naperville Municipal Center
120 Water St.
Naperville, IL 60540
September 13-15, 2017
2017 UIC Urban Forum 
UIC Student Center East 
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
September 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake Open House
Crystal Lake City Hall 
100 W. Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
September 18, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Fox River Corridor Plan public meeting
Lake Barrington Village Hall 
23860 N. Old Barrington Rd.
Barrington, IL 60010
September 21, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
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