The RTA Celebrates National Community Planning Month
October 16, 2019
October is National Community Planning Month! This month-long event focuses on the importance of community planning and its impact on regions like ours. For more than 20 years, the RTA Community Planning program has proudly provided technical assistance for local governments and intergovernmental organizations to address challenges in communities across northeastern Illinois. Through this program, the RTA helps municipalities increase walkability and sustainability in areas near transit stations and along transit corridors.
RTA’s Community Planning program is currently soliciting applications for planning and implementation projects from local governments and transit service boards throughout the region. Conducted jointly with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance program, the call for projects is inviting submissions via an application portal through noon CDT on October 17, 2019.
Completing a plan and a vision for the future is the easy part. The biggest obstacle that municipalities often face is how to raise the financial and human capital to implement their plans’ recommendations. The last thing anyone wants is for plans to “sit on a shelf” and never become a reality.
On October 10th, CMAP hosted the Small Plans, Big Ideas Forum Series. The event featured a panel of experts that included Michael Horsting (RTA Planning Manager), Lydia Collins (IFF Development Associate), Kyle Wong (IFF Senior Financial Analyst), Julio Rodriguez (Northwest Side Community Development Corporation Executive Director), Bob Dean (Center for Neighborhood Technology CEO), and Tony Manno (CMAP Senior Planner). The following tips on implementation reflect their panel discussion.
What are some of the biggest challenges municipalities face with implementing a plan?
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