[ApaIllinois] January/February APA-IL News BLAST!
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a January/February Illinois Planning News, Edition 89 Paula Freeze, Editor
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APA's 100th NATIONAL CONFERENCE
2008 National Conference
April 27 May 1, 2008
Did you know?
On May 4, 1969 the Chicago Tribune published a picture of a "sleeping policeman" on a park road in Decatur, IL. It wasn't a man sleeping...What was it? Speakers of British English more commonly refer to these artificial ridges as "road humps," and in the U.S. we refer to them as "speed bumps". Read more about the history of "sleeping policemen" here.
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Happy New Year! It looks like 2008 promises to be an exciting year for planning in Illinois! APA-IL started off the new year with a newly redesigned website. Its all the same information you rely on just in a different, more user friendly format. As you may have noticed, the redesigned website uses images from all around Illinois as well as a variety of quotes. If you have an Illinois image or quote you'd like to see on our website, send it to webmaster at ilapa.org.
In this newsletter, there is plenty of news from around the U.S. and state. Don't forget to scroll all the way down to check out the calendar and job postings.
The Burr Ridge Village Center PUD and Sub-Area Plan
by Doug Pollock, AICP
"The planning process that created the Burr Ridge Village Center transformed a developers request for a mixed use lifestyle center into the Villages first and only downtown neighborhood."
Planning Prep Training Americas Professional Planners
by Trevor Dick, AICP & Devin Lavigne, AICP
Familiar with Planning Prep as a tool for AICP exam takers?. The program won the 2007 APA-IL Gold Award for Program, Project or Tool. Read about its evolution and plans for the future. Illinois State Section Spring Conference
Join us March 27th-28th in Springfield!
by Rob Kowalski, AICP, ISS Director
by Karen Stonehouse, AICP, APA-IL President
Legislative Committee Update
Focus on Transit!
by Sharon Caddigan, AICP, Legislative Committee Chair
Public Relations Committee Update
Single PR Committee seeking 3 new members!
by Jason Zawila, AICP, PR Committee Chair
Chicago Metro Section Update
Upcoming events for 2008!
by Allison Laff, AICP, CMS President
Illinois State Section Update
Looking forward to 2008!
by Rob Kowalski, AICP, ISS Director
Not sure what regions are? Not sure what region you're in? Visit the map at: http://www.ilapa.org/sections.html
CHICAGO METRO SECTION
The Campaign for Sensible Growth disbanded at the start of 2008 after 9 years of successful advocacy. The Campaign's partners will continue to work towards sustaining the Campaign's work. Contact Michael Davidson at mdavidson at metroplanning.org if you'd like to stay involved.
Transit back on track
Lawmakers have found a way to avoid service cuts but it may be up to two months before they figure out how to provide those 65 and over free rides.
Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2008
Housing gridlock in Will County: Buyers are scared, sellers stuck
"One of the nation's fastest-growing counties in recent years, Will County now has the highest foreclosure rate in Illinois and its housing market has come to a standstill. There are precious few home buyers these days, despite the dense traffic, commercial development and other signs of economic vitality."
Chicago Tribune, January 13, 2008
REGION 1 - Christopher Limas, AICP, Coordinator
LACON: Judge rules Marshall zoning ordinance too vague
"A judge has declared Marshall Countys rural zoning ordinance unconstitutionally vague in a long-running legal battle stemming from a maverick gravel pit started outside Henry by a Pekin man 3½ years ago."
Peoria Journal Star, January 2, 2008
Courtesy Shawn Christ, City of Moline
REGION 2 - Chris Mathias, AICP, Coordinator
For a 6th year, the Bi-State Regional Commission (Quad Cities MPO) is hosting a series of free APA audio-visual conferences. Click here for details.
City of Peoria has an blog discussing Economic Development in the City of Peoria. Join in the conversation at: www.cityofpeoria.blogspot.com
Courtesy Craig Hullinger, City of Peoria
REGION 3 - Mishauno Woggon, Coordinator
The City of Champaign has a new transportation plan, Champaign Moving Forward. The draft plan is now available.
Mattoon takes right path in seeking city planner
In light of several incomplete projects, the FutureGen project, promising economic growth, and job opportunities coupled with an increased population, Mattoon is desperate for comprehensive development and is in need of a professional.
Journal Gazette/Times-Courier, January 18, 2008
Energy Department pulling plug on FutureGen
Citing rising costs, the Department of Energy has opted out of the FutureGen project planned for Mattoon, IL.
Crain's, January 29, 2008
REGION 5 - Jennifer Howland, Coordinator
Environmental Program Grants and awards that Madison County is currently involved with. In addition a report on the current Levee Crisis facing the Metro-East. Courtesy Frank Miles, Madison County, IL.
Going green: Ground broken for eco-friendly subdivision
In November, ground broke on Metro-East's first sustainable subdivision. Green building concepts will include: the use of recyclable material, stormwater management, energy-efficient homes and preserving the environment.
The Telegraph, November 23, 2007
Courtesy Megan Riechmann, Mascoutah, IL
REGION 6 - Rob Keehn, Coordinator
Seniors applaud move by Illinois' governor to give seniors free rides on buses and trains operated by transit agencies.
An "amendatory" veto added to the transit funding package, demanding that the Legislature agree to allow free transportation for older adults throughout the state
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, January 14, 2008
The Life And Death Of The Shopping Mall
The Economist, Dec 19, 2007
Smart Growth - A Fire Chief's Perspective
How dense cluster developments, narrow streets, dead ends, minimum setbacks and other smart growth tactics make fighting fires even more challenging.
Mutual Aid, A Fire Chief Blog, November 29, 2007
Where Workers Go, Do Jobs Follow?
"Local labor market policy should better maximize access to good jobs and skill-building opportunities for all workers throughout the metropolitan area. Employer access to potential workers should be enhanced as well, regardless of where the workers and the jobs are located."
The Brookings Institution, December 31, 2007
OSU Center for Farmland Policy Innovation published its 2007 Local Farmland Protection Successes in Ohio. The Center also put together model to examine county-level farmland preservation needs and current activity as a great way to start a discussion about preservation priorities. Visit the model here.
For more information on these events, visit:
Tuesday, February 5
● AICP Exam Application Deadline for May 2008 Exam
Thursday, February 7
● New Partners for Smart Growth Conference (Feb 7-Feb 9)
● Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 2008 Environmental Workshops (various dates & locations throughout February)
● The DePaul Real Estate Center and the Chaddick Institute Managing Risk in Sustainable Building Conference (Feb 7- Feb 8)
● Friends of Downtown Lunch Program: Children's Memorial Hospital
● UIC Panel Series: MPA Alumni working at the GSA
Tuesday, February 12
● APA-IL CMS Event: Design Matters: Going for the Look Your Community Wants
Thursday, February 14
● Society of American Military Engineers, Lake Michigan Post Luncheon: Critical Infrastructure Protection
Wednesday, February 20
● UIC - Green Planning: How Chicago-area Developers & Planners Are Creating a Greener Chicago
Saturday, March 1
● IDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program Funding Proposal Development Workshop
Wednesday, March 5
● Regional Equity 08 PolicyLink (Mar 5-Mar 7)
Thursday, March 6
● UIC Lecture: "Minnesota Fats Faces the Future: Where Now in the Study of City Politics?"
Wednesday, March 19
● Chaddick Technical Workshop: Rising Tide: Best Practices for Municipal Governments Dealing with Stormwater and Flood-Controls Problems
Thursday, March 20
● APA-IL CMS Event: Complete Streets: Designing Roads for All Users
Thursday, March 27
● APA-IL ISS Spring Conference in Springfield, IL (Mar 27-28)
Director of Community Development
Village of Palos Park, IL
Community Development Director
Village of Sugar Grove, IL
Manager, Regional Planning
Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Division Manager, Program Compliance
Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
City of Mattoon, IL
City of Highland Park, IL
Principal Redevelopment Planner
Vandewalle & Associates, Inc.
Village of Glen Ellyn, IL
City of Park Ridge, IL
Community Development Deputy Director
Village of Mount Prospect, IL
Planning & Zoning Coordinator
Village of Barrington Hills
Community, Natural Resource, & Economic Dev. Agent University of Wisconsin - Extension
Green Lake County, Wisconsin
Village of Lemont, IL
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