Category: Planning & Development Department News

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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Walk Champaign Pedestrian Plan Activities

The Planning and Development Department has conducted three of the eight Neighborhood Walkabouts scheduled for the Walk Champaign Pedestrian Plan. The most recent of these was attended by staff from several City departments, as well as Council Member Marci Dodds and members of the public. Participants walked around the neighborhood between Westside Park, Illinois Terminal,…
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Champaign Recognized by National Smart Growth Advocacy Group

Champaign’s efforts to capitalize on the fiscal benefits of infill development have gained national recognition from Smart Growth America in a recent publication called Building Better Budgets, A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development. Smart Growth America is a national organization dedicated to researching, advocating and leading coalitions to bring smart…
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Unit 4 Future Facilities Recommendations

At the May 13, 2013 Unit 4 Board of Education meeting, the recommendations of the Future Facilities Committee were presented to the Board. Both the PowerPoint presentation given by Dejong Richter, the consultant guiding the process, and the recommendations can be found at http://futurefacilities.champaignschools.org/. The recommendations include building a new Central High School, renovating and…
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Public Meeting for Champaign Growing Greener

A public input meeting was held Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the Champaign Public Library to share information on the draft, Champaign Growing Greener – Environmental Sustainability Plan. Staff from the City Sustainability Team, representing Public Works, Finance, Information Technology, Neighborhood Services and Planning helped facilitate the meeting. Over 30 people participated. The meeting began…
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