Category: Planning & Development Department News

City to Hold Public Open House on Green Street Streetscape Project

The City of Champaign, with Clark Dietz invites the public to an Open House on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM at Venue 51 located at 51 East Green Street. The Open House will begin with a brief overview presentation of the project followed by time for questions and review of […]

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 10 years after an annexation, and the Fire Districts are reimbursed for 5 years with the amount decreasing by 20 […]

Bristol Place LEED-ND Master Wins Award

The Bristol Place LEED-ND Master Plan has won the award for “Best Neighborhood Plan” with the Illinois Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). CNU is a national organization which promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions. The Illinois Chapter of the CNU conducts an annual awards program to […]

Zone Champaign

Zone Champaign is a project in the Planning and Development Department to update the City’s Zoning Ordinance.  The first phase of the update focuses on the districts in the core of the city including Downtown, Midtown, Campustown and the neighborhoods surrounding them. Changes to be considered include the regulations for the design and scale of […]

Alternative Routes to Shopping Districts North of I-74

With the holiday season approaching, the City of Champaign is encouraging motorists to use one of the many alternative routes to gain access to the North Prospect and North Neil shopping districts. Both of these corridors are highly trafficked and experience congestion during holiday seasons and other special events; like campus move in weekend and […]

October is National Community Planning Month

In honor of National Community Planning Month, the American Planning Association (“APA”) invited Urban Planners from around the State of Illinois to participate in an educational outreach program geared for middle school students. Two planners from the City of Champaign participated in the event, which took place on October 10th at Bloomington Junior High School. […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful – Litter Index Survey

As part of the Keep America Beautiful certification process, Keep Champaign Beautiful committee members conducted a Litter Index survey on Friday, October 17, 2014. The survey is designed to provide a baseline which affiliates can use to monitor educational efforts and determine if littering behavior is changing in the community. The Litter Index is an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]