Category: Planning & Development Department News

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 […]

Champaign Bicycle Implementation Plan Public Meeting

The Champaign Bicycle Implementation Plan is built on the foundation of prior plans such as the 2008 Transportation Master Plan, the 2011 Trails Plan and the 2011 Comprehensive Plan. It creates a fully interconnected, seamless and safe bicycle facility network that connects areas in the City and in the larger Champaign-Urbana community. Since 2008 the […]

Over 300 City Planners converge on Champaign!

The American Planning Association is the primary professional organization for city planners across the country. The Illinois Chapter of the APA is one of the largest chapters in the country with over 1,500 members. Each year the APA-IL conducts an annual conference with three days of educational conference sessions, mobile workshops, social events and training […]

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a one-day household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event in Champaign-Urbana on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The HHW event will be held at The News-Gazette Distribution Center on Apollo Drive in Champaign. Traffic will enter the event at the intersection of North Market […]

First Illinois Green Business Summit is a Success

The Illinois Green Business Association hosted the first ever Illinois Green Business Summit on Friday, September 7, 2012. The conference was held at the Hilton Garden Inn and attracted over 200 participants. City staff hosted a table in the exhibition area that showcased how Champaign is ‘going green.’ Neighborhood Code Compliance Environmental Inspector Leslie Mitchell […]

NSD Staff Member Attains LEED Green Associate Designation

Neighborhood Code Compliance Environmental Inspector Leslie Mitchell recently attained the designation LEED Green Associate credential. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for […]