Category: Planning & Development Department News

Burnham County Market Development Agreement Concluded

In 2006, the City Council approved a development agreement with Neimann Foods for development of the grocery store space associated with the Burnham Redevelopment project.  The agreement provided for the reimbursement of local sales and food and beverage taxes for a period of 5 years beginning from the date of operation or up to $715,000,…
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South Side Elementary Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan Underway

The South Side Elementary SRTS Plan Steering Committee met on Tuesday, January 14th to discuss existing conditions around the school and analysis conducted to date. The committee includes representatives from the Police, Public Works, and Planning & Development Departments, as well as Champaign Unit 4 Schools and the Champaign County Regional Plan Commission. The committee…
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Taylor Street Balconies Completed

On November 5, 2013, Council gave the final approval for a license agreement to Lois Wacholtz, owner of Christopher’s Fine Jewelry Design, to update the building façade, create a new store entrance, and construct new balconies extending over the Right-of-Way on Taylor Street just east of Neil Street.  The balconies were recently completed along with…
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Hen Ordinance Update

On December 3, 2013 City Council adopted an ordinance that allows residents to raise up to six hens under specific conditions. Since that time, Staff has been answering inquiries from residents, speaking with the media and entering information into the City’s licensing software. The ordinance requires a coop license to be issued prior to a…
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Township and Fire District Reimbursement

In accordance with State law, after annexation of property, the City of Champaign is required to reimburse the Townships and Fire Districts for the loss of revenue they experience. The City reimburses the townships for ten years after an annexation, and the fire districts are reimbursed for five years, with the amount decreasing by twenty…
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Bristol Place LEED-ND Master Plan Neighborhood Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 Time: 6:00-8:00 PM Location: B.T. Washington School / 606 E. Grove St., Champaign What is your vision for a new Bristol Place Neighborhood? The City of Champaign is hosting a public workshop this Thursday evening concerning the creation of a master plan for the Bristol Place neighborhood. This engaging workshop…
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Every Bike Counts!

The University of Illinois is partnering with Champaign County Bikes to host the first-ever campus-wide bicycle census during Sustainability Week 2013. Volunteers will be dispatched across campus to help count parked bicycles during a one-hour period at 10am on October 23. The findings of the count will help inform future decisions around bicycle infrastructure, parking,…
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Hen Ordinance Making Progress

Following City Council direction, an ordinance to allow residents to raise backyard chickens is being drafted. An interdepartmental team including representatives from Police, Legal, Neighborhood Services, and Planning and Development Departments is working on the effort. The ordinance language will be part of Champaign Municipal Code, Chapter 7-Animals. The team is reviewing ordinances and procedures…
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City Partners with Champaign Center Partnership and Community Elements to launch “Make Real Change” Campaign

The Champaign Center Partnership and Community Elements in conjunction with the City of Champaign launched the “Make Real Change” program on August 16th.  This program aims to bring awareness to the issue of aggressive panhandling in the Downtown and Campustown districts as well as provide donation points enabling the public to “redirect their giving”.  The…
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