Category: Planning & Development Department News

Planned Development/Special Use Permit Compliance Review

The Planning Department is currently completing a compliance check of all previously approved Planned Developments and Special Use Permits to ensure continued conformance with the approved plans. Approval of a Planned Development or a Special Use Permit typically includes required conditions such as limitations on the hours of operation, number of employees, amount of signage, […]

City prepares application to become a “Bicycle Friendly Community”

Champaign has made significant strides in becoming a more bicycle friendly community in recent years. Miles of new bicycle lanes have been added to city streets along with many new programs and educational efforts to promote cycling as a safe and viable means of transportation. The efforts are paying off as the community has become […]

Historic Preservation Commission approves sign for Fleurish

The florist named “Fleurish” is located at 122 North Walnut Street in Downtown Champaign which was formerly Rick Orr Florist. The shop is located in a building constructed in 1889 and is designated as a local historic landmark. Since the building is a local landmark, adding a sign to the façade of the building required […]

Improvements to Zipcar in Downtown Champaign

Zipcar continues to be a huge success in Downtown and on Campus. There are now three cars in downtown Champaign. Two are located in the Neil and Washington Street Parking Lot and a new car, called Focus Hippies, is located at the Illinois Terminal. Recently, Champaign staff had expressed concern to Zipcar that cars are […]

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 […]

Storefront Improvement Program Seeing Results

In September, Council approved a new Storefront Improvement Grant Program aimed at improving the overall look of storefronts and facades in Downtown, Midtown and Campustown. The program uses Tax Increment Finance funds and allows businesses and property owners to match City funds at a rate of 50% for the ground floor and 25% for the […]

Bloomington Gold Corvette Show

Bloomington Gold is the longest running continuous national Corvette show. The 41 year-old event features the showcasing of thousands of Corvettes along with a road tour. Organizers have chosen Champaign to host the event June 28-30, 2013. The event will be located on the grounds of the University of Illinois and the Assembly Hall parking […]

John Street Bicycle Improvements

Design drawings are being completed for bicycle improvements on John Street, from Kenwood Road to Prospect Avenue. Re-striping will occur in the 2013 construction season. Bike lanes will be installed from Kenwood Road to Russell Street. From Kenwood Road to Frank Drive, no on-street parking will be removed. From Mattis Avenue to Russell Street, one […]

Unit 4 Facility Planning Process

Unit 4 School District has entered into a Future Facilities Planning Process to address the future facilities of the school district, including Central High School, the three middle schools, and Dr. Howard and Southside elementary schools. The process will be guided by a 30 member steering committee co-chaired by Planning Director Bruce Knight and Board […]

City Staff Participates in Unit 4 “Futures Conference”

On Thursday, November 1st the Champaign Unit 4 School District hosted an afternoon conference to discuss the future of school facilities and programming in the district. Several City staff members from various departments participated in the event which attracted over 150 participants. The conference included several presentations from the district’s consultant, DeJong Richter, on designing […]