On October 13, 2010, leaders of metropolitan Chicago's seven counties voted to adopt GO TO 2040, the region's first comprehensive plan since Daniel Burnham's in 1909. Implementation of the plan will now be led by CMAP. The plan is available at www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040.
GO TO 2040 is intended to guide development and investment decisions through mid-century and beyond. GO TO 2040 seeks to strategically align public policies and investments, maximizing the benefits of scarce resources as the region adds more than 2 million new residents by 2040. The plan has four themes and 12 recommendation areas:
Livable Communities.This theme addresses diverse factors that together shape quality of life in terms of "livability" -- what attracts people to a particular community.
1. Achieve Greater Livability through Land Use and Housing
2. Manage and Conserve Water and Energy Resources
3. Expand and Improve Parks and Open Space
4. Promote Sustainable Local Food
Human Capital.This theme addresses factors that determine whether our region's economy will thrive due to the availability of skilled workers and a climate in which business creativity can flourish.
5. Improve Education and Workforce Development
6. Support Economic Innovation
Efficient Governance.This theme addresses the need for increased effectiveness of governments in the region and beyond, which is important to meet residents' needs regarding accountability and transparency.
7. Reform State and Local Tax Policy
8. Improve Access to Information
9. Pursue Coordinated Investments
Regional Mobility.This theme addresses the vitality of our region's transportation system, which is crucial for economic prosperity and overall quality of life. This chapter also includes descriptions of major capital projects that have been carefully selected to help achieve the GO TO 2040 vision.
10. Invest Strategically in Transportation
11. Increase Commitment to Public Transit
12. Create a More Efficient Freight Network