Chicago Regional Planning Agency to Host Ideas Exchange for Communities This Week

CNT is excited to attend the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program Ideas Exchange hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) this Thursday, May 24, at the UBS Tower in Chicago’s downtown Loop.  The LTA program was launched in 2011 by CMAP to help municipalities further the goals of GO TO 2040; during its first year more than 70 local government, nonprofits, and intergovernmental organizations received technical assistance that has enabled them to successfully implement transportation, land use, and housing planning projects.

The Ideas Exchange, a new feature of the LTA program, will give local communities the opportunity to review the progress of current projects and to explore the variety of technical assistance options available this year as they begin their LTA applications.

Communities also have the opportunity to apply for grants as part of the joint CMAP and Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program.  This collaborative endeavor gives municipalities within the CMAP region a chance to implement transit-oriented development and transit-oriented improvement projects as well as integrated transportation-land use plans.

CNT has created many successful planning partnerships in the past, advising on the best ways to improve efficiency within transit, energy, and water systems, and is looking forward to connecting with communities at this Thursday’s event.  The recent publications South Suburbs: Smart Growth in Older Communities and Prospering in Place have given CNT new insight into the opportunities for infrastructure development and improvement within the Chicago region.  Kyle Smith and Yonina Gray of Transportation and Community Development, Lindy Wordlaw of CNT Energy, and Harriet Festing of the Water Program will be available to discuss these publications and to brainstorm with planners and municipality representatives about developing LTA-sponsored projects.

Last year’s LTA program gave CNT the opportunity to successfully partner with Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to develop an integrated water resources plan for Lake Zurich, IL.  The comprehensive plan includes ways to manage water supply, wastewaster treatment, storm water, and flooding.  CNT hopes to connect with more communities at the upcoming event and continue to positively effect change within metropolitan Chicago.

The call for both types of proposals was issued May 9, and applications will be accepted until August 1.