Integrating Climate Science into Local Planning

APA Illinois Chapter


Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. CDT

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While more and better climate data are becoming more readily available to community planners, there is still a disconnect between data availability and how that climate data is applied to planning and decision-making. Barriers include insufficient resources, staff, and funding to prepare plans to address issues arising from climate change. This problem has some unique features in the Great Lakes region related to urban and riverine flooding in connection with more frequent high-precipitation events.


The American Planning Association’s Hazards Planning Center, in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Illinois State Climatologist, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, are currently engaged in a major NOAA-funded initiative to test approaches to overcoming the barriers to the inclusion of climate science in municipal planning. The project partners are working with five pilot communities in the Chicago metropolitan area (Richton Park, McHenry County, Wilmington, Des Plaines, and Berwyn) to pilot and ground-truth techniques to better incorporate climate science into local processes and plans at a variety of scales..


This Facilitated Discussion seeks to:

(1) Engage local Illinois planners on the barriers to the inclusion of climate change information in their plans and planning processes.

(2) Discuss local and regional vulnerabilities to climate change and natural hazards.

(3) Uncover potential solutions that can help to mainstream the use of climate data in planning.

(4) Discuss tools, resources, and guidance documents that are used by local planners.

(5) Help to inform project findings and next steps as we engage with our pilot communities.


Brian Daly

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the region’s official comprehensive planning organization. Its GO TO 2040 planning campaign is helping the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois to implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality of life ... Read More

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