Regional Planning in Northeastern Illinois: A New Direction
November 7, 2006
There's a new regional organization in Chicago — the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP. This agency is a consolidation of the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC). CMAP combines these separate transportation and land-use planning agencies for northeastern Illinois into a single entity designed to protect natural resources and minimize traffic congestion for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.
Randall S. Blankenhorn, CMAP executive director, spoke about how the merger came about, how the long-range plans for the two previously separate entities are being reconciled, and how CMAP envisions the future of our seven-county region.