The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) was formed in 2005 to guide and oversee land use and transportation planning for the region. In 2010, CMAP adopted GO TO 2040, the region's first comprehensive plan since Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago.
Since the adoption of GO TO 2040, CMAP has offered community planning grants to support efforts of Northeastern Illinois communities to implement GO TO 2040.
The Active Transportation Alliance provided advice on three successful community planning grants that were recently awarded by CMAP: the Evanston Bicycle Plan Update, Niles Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and the Northwest Municipal Conference Des Plaines River Trail Corridor Improvement Plan.
This is great news for people who want better transportation and recreation options in Chicago’s North Suburbs. During the next year, there will be many opportunities for Active Trans members and other multi-modal advocates to be involved in the community engagement portion of each of these planning initiatives. Watch for opportunties to get involved, particularly if you live in Evanston, Niles or along the Des Plaines River Trail.