Category: Planning & Development Department News

Commercial Permits

The following commercial permits were issued this week with an estimated cost of construction of $250,000 or more.                                  Address Cost of Construction Date Issued Owner or Developer/Business 3760 Harbor Estates Ln $473,960.00 5-20-2016 Aguas Partnership 116 N First $688,321.00 5-25-2016 […]

Demolition Begins on Site of Future Midtown Plaza

The Midtown Plaza project officially began this week with the demolition of six vacant structures on a site on First Street overlooking the Boneyard Second Street Basin.  When completed, Midtown Plaza will consist of two new five-story, mixed use buildings.  Dan Hamelberg of the University Group will soon be submitting an application for a Planned Development […]

Commercial Permits

The following commercial permits were issued this week with an estimated cost of construction of $250,000 or more.

Planning & Development Staff Presents Small Business Incentives

Senior Planner for Economic Development T.J. Blakeman presented the City’s Small Business Incentive Program at Small Business Week, hosted by the Small Business Development Center. Approximately twenty entrepreneurs and service providers attended the event. Entrepreneurs were excited to learn about opportunities for financial assistance with financial, marketing, and legal start up expenses. Service providers including […]

Zone Champaign Developer Focus Group

On March 30, the Planning and Development Department met with a focus group of the development community assembled by the offices of Meyer Capel in Champaign. The Department presented the final proposed standards for the Zoning Ordinance amendments known as “Zone Champaign.” These amendments will update the standards used to regulate development in Downtown, Midtown, […]

Planning Staff & Council Representative Visit KraftHeinz Corporate Office

On Thursday, February 25, representatives from Planning and Development staff, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation accompanied Councilmember Tom Bruno on a visit to the new Chicago corporate headquarters of KraftHeinz.  The visit was designed to meet with company executives to better understand their recent merger and to express […]

Solar Urbana-Champaign

On January 28, Planning and Development Staff attended a Solar Power Hour at the Champaign County Farm Bureau to learn about solar incentives for residents and businesses in Champaign County.  Solar Urbana-Champaign is an exciting opportunity for Champaign County residents and businesses to receive significant discounts on the purchase and installation of solar panels.  The […]

Champaign Planning and Development Director Leads Pro Bono Planning Team

Champaign’s Planning and Development Director Bruce Knight, FAICP, led a pro bono planning assistance team in West Melbourne, Florida, January 25-29.  Volunteering their time and expertise,  Knight led a team of professional planners on a Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) Project for the American Planning Association (APA). The CPAT program matches communities with little or no planning […]

City of Champaign Again Recognized as a Most Progressive City

For the second consecutive year, Ameren Illinois has selected the City of Champaign as a Most Progressive City. The City of Champaign was selected thanks in large part to significant energy efficiency improvements and savings achieved by Champaign’s local businesses and residents during the last year. A public recognition ceremony will be held on Thursday, […]