Category: Planning & Development Department News

C-U Safe Routes to School Upcoming Events

The C-U Safe Routes to School Project, of which the City of Champaign is a member, is promoting safe walking and biking for area schoolchildren through two upcoming Walk ‘n Roll to School Days.  The first event is on Friday, Sept. 6th for the balanced calendar schools of Barkstall Elementary, Kenwood Elementary, and Thomasboro Elementary. […]

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, […]

Bicycle Friendly Community Recognition Event is July 9

The community is invited to an event to recognize Champaign being designated a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The event will be Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. outside the City Building at the corner of Neil and Chester Streets. The event will feature the unveiling of the new Bicycle […]

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 […]

May is Bike Month – Bike Month Recap

May was National Bike Month and there were several events throughout the community to raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling. The highlight of the month was Bike to Work Day with 44 city employees participating. The City of Urbana challenged Champaign to see which organization could have the higher percentage of participation. Urbana won […]

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 The recommendations include building a new Central High School, renovating and […]

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 […]

Public Hearing on Planned Development at Green and Fourth Streets Set for May 1, 2013

The developer HERE Champaign, LLC, has submitted an application for a Planned Development for two lots at the northwest corner of Green Street and Fourth Street (308-312 E. Green Street). The submitted application materials can be viewed at In summary, the proposal is for a LEED Gold 27-story building containing 143 residential units and […]

New Mobile Food Truck Joins Pilot Project

A new permit for the Mobile Food Truck Pilot Project was recently issued to The Empanadas House which serves up to 20 different empanadas. Food truck operator Juan Luis Olarte has begun selling in Campustown and Downtown this week. There are currently six permits issued under the Mobile Food Truck Pilot Project. It is expected […]

Neighborhood Open House for State Street Restriping

An open house was held Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Champaign Public Library to share information on the upcoming restriping of State Street, from Hessel Boulevard to Fox Drive. Staff from Public Works, Planning and the project consultant Foth Engineers, were present to answer questions. Each household and business in the project area received […]