West Central Municipal Conference

Mar 15, 2010

June Regional Planning News You Can Use

June Regional Planning News You Can Use
Category: WCMC
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The Central Council of Mayors has appointed President Jim Discipio from LaGrange Park and President William Rodegheir from Western Springs to serve on the Council of Mayors Executive Committee.  We would like to thank the mayors for agreeing to represent the Central Council’s interest in discussions concerning regional transportation issues.  The Council would also like to thank President Wiaduck and President Lynch for their past service on the Executive Committee.   The WCMC Transportation Committee’s next meeting is July 15th.


As you may know, the state budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly did not include funding for the Comprehensive Regional Planning Fund.  CMAP is working with IDOT to determine if funding for regional planning was placed in the IDOT lump sum appropriation.  Loss of the CRPF would mean our region is unable to match $11 million each year in federal transportation planning funds, which in turn leverages $2 billion in annual road and transit projects across our region. CMAP\'s non-transportation activities -- which include planning of water, other natural resources, housing, and more –- would also be significantly affected.


The House and Senate passed a capital bill, which now awaits Governor Quinn\'s signature.  The $26 billion package would be a critical step in restoring chronically under-funded infrastructure, including roads, transit, schools, and water treatment.  HB312 is the capital spending bill, and HB255 deals with capital revenue, which would come from increased costs of drivers\' licenses and license plates, and taxes on alcohol.  Read more in a Tribune story by Rich Wronski.


CMAP is still looking for civic-minded high school students for the second year of our Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Participants will learn about northeastern Illinois by participating in hands-on activities and field trips on issues that concern us all, including housing, transportation, the environment and government. FLIP youth also interact with key decision makers in the region.  Applications and letters of reference are due Friday, June 26, 2009. Please share this information with potentially interested students, parents, and school officials.  See for application materials and more.


Rethinking Growth: The Economic Benefits of Conservation-Based Development and Highway Corridor Redevelopment is a June 22 workshop to be held by Randall Arendt, a leading authority on conservation design.  It focuses on practical steps for local governments to take to achieve high-quality conservation subdivisions and to redevelop vacant or underutilized commercial highway strip developments. How the conservation design process can be integrated into the local regulatory framework through the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, and subdivision regulations will be discussed. The workshop is geared toward elected and appointed officials, planning commissioners, city and village managers and administrators, civic leaders, public sector transportation and urban planners, and landscape architects. It is funded by the Chicago Wilderness Sustainable Watershed Action Team and sponsored by Lake County Department of Planning, Building, and Development and CMAP. The workshop is at Prairie Crossing near Grayslake, IL from 8:15 am to 4:00 pm on June 22. Instructions for registration can be found here.


The Chicago Department of Transportation and the Center for Neighborhood Technology invite you to learn about Chicago\'s innovative integrated design practices from Green Alleys to photocatalytic cements. Expert practitioners will explore how transportation projects can incorporate sustainable lighting, stormwater, and material development, with numerous opportunities for questions and discussions.  The event was held at CMAP (Suite 800, Sears Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago) on Wednesday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Contact Divya Sundar ( or 773-269-4004) for details.


As the Centennial of the Burnham Plan approached, CMAP and its partners are actively preparing the new comprehensive regional plan for the region entitled GoTo 2040.  The WCMC encourages its members communities to become active participants in the planning process.  CMAP provides a wealth of information through their plan website at  Interested communities should also consider placing a link on their webpage as well as other tools provided by CMAP to encourage public participation in the planning process.  These tools and links can be obtained directly from CMAP.

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