Chicago’s Next 30 Years
CNT would like to congratulate the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the land-use and transportation planning agency for the seven-county Chicago area, for the release of its outstanding GO TO 2040 Plan. Coming on the heels of the plan’s adoption, the agency also became one of the recipients of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. The program supports State, local, and tribal governments, as well as metropolitan planning organizations, in the development and execution of regional plans that integrate affordable housing with neighboring retail and business development.
CMAP will receive $4,250,000 toward implementation of a sweeping regional plan. Focusing strategic investments in regional mobility will be a major focus. As Blair Kamin noted in the Chicago Tribune, “For years, regional planners have advocated many of the plan’s goals, such as ending auto-dependent sprawl and creating compact, walkable communities. Instead, new jobs and housing migrated ever farther outward from Chicago as buyers snapped up inexpensive homes on the metropolitan fringe.” The plan recognizes this reality and proposes that, “Given limited resources… the federal government and state should prioritize funding toward metropolitan areas, which drive our economy, rather than spreading funds too thinly.”
Funding will be directed through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, which will focus on the intersection between housing, land use, and transportation–three inextricably linked areas. CNT is a member of the broad consortium of local governments, regional and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and philanthropic groups assembled by CMAP that will be involved in the LTA program.
CMAP cites CNT’s Housing +Transportation® Affordability Index in the plan as well as our analysis of regional greenhouse gas sources and how to cut down energy consumption in homes. ”CMAP understands the critical connection between transportation and housing and is committed to lowering the household costs of housing and transportation for residents, said Kathy Tholin, CNT CEO. “This is an essential goal in creating more livable communities in our region.”
Car sharing can also play an important role in the plan’s goal to reduce congestion on our roads. At the announcement event in Millennium Park, I-GO staff provided demos of the plug-in Prius that’s parked in the Millennium Park north garage. I-GO is currently planning to add more electric vehicles to the fleet, which will help reduce the region’s carbon footprint even more.