Category: Planning & Development Department News

Transportation Roundtable hosted by Congressman Davis

On Friday, August 22nd, Lacey Rains Lowe from the Planning and Development Department participated in a Transportation Roundtable in Springfield, IL.  The Roundtable was hosted by U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL , Dist. 13) and former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Representatives from communities in District 13 and throughout the state had the opportunity to learn…
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Ameren Act On Energy Audit Update

The City of Champaign and Ameren Act On Energy are making progress on the energy audit and incentive program.  This is an important step to accomplish the goal to ‘make housing more affordable by making it more energy efficient.’ The program provides free energy audits and an incentive increase for insulation and air sealing projects…
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What You Should Know Before Placing a Real Estate Sign

It’s that season–to buy and sell real estate; the City usually starts to see an increase in real estate signs being placed around town. The Champaign City Code provides specific regulations on the placement, number, and size of signage allowed. These regulations are intended to allow real estate agents to effectively market a property while…
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Outdoor Café Season in Full Swing

This year’s outdoor café season is in full swing in the Center City.  The Planning and Development Department has currently issued 26 permits totally over 11,800 SF of public sidewalk with a capacity of 1,314 patrons.  Since its inception in 1996, the outdoor café program has been credited as one of the major turning points…
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Visit Champaign County Toast to Tourism Event

Visit Champaign County (formerly the Champaign County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau) held their second annual Toast to Tourism event on Wednesday, May 7th at the Spurlock Museum.  The event features an overview of the impact of tourism on the local economy and recognizes community members with Tourism Impact Awards.  A new VCC promotional video was…
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Redevelopment of Parking Lot J in Campustown

The redevelopment of the City parking lot located at 524 E. Green Street (commonly referred to as Lot J) into a public parking garage, Marriott TownePlace Suites, apartment units, and retail space will break ground by May 1.  The project, approved by City Council in February 2014, includes a 6-story hotel building along Green Street and a…
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Urban Ag as Community & Economic Development Tour

Staff from the Neighborhood Services, Planning and Development Departments, and Council member Will Kyles attended a tour of Urban Agriculture sites in Chicago on Friday, March 7.  The tour was organized by Prosperity Gardens with participation from University of Illinois Extension, Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, Randolph Street Community Garden, and more.  Attendees toured…
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Students Gain Hands-On Urban Planning Experience

Lacey Rains Lowe from the Planning and Development Department participated in Forum Week at Campus Middle School for Girls. Each semester, one week is devoted to special programming, guest speakers and lessons on a topic selected by the students. This semester, urban planning was the selected topic for Forum Week. Students participated in a hands-on…
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Public Open House Meeting Announcement: Green Street Phase III Project Introduction and Preliminary Design Input

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the City of Champaign will host an introductory Public Open House at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street. This open house will introduce the Green Street Phase III project to attendees and seek public input on preliminary design concepts for the Green…
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Bike to Work Day Set for 2014

C-U Bike to Work Day, one of several local events celebrating National Bike Month, has been set for May 15th, 2014. The City of Champaign was well represented at last year’s Bike to Work Day: 21 employees checked in at the downtown station, while 19 checked in at the Public Works station. The downtown station…
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