Category: Planning & Development Department News

Bike to Work Day 2013

The Champaign Planning Department has been coordinating with the City of Urbana Planning Department, The University of Illinois, Champaign County Bikes, the Public Health District, the Regional Planning Commission, the Champaign Center City Partnership, the Urbana Downtown Business Association, and the Mass Transit District in helping to organize Bike to Work Day 2013. Bike to […]

City Submits Application to become a “Bicycle Friendly Community”

The Champaign Planning Department has submitted an application with the League of American Bicyclists to become a “Bicycle Friendly Community.” The City organization is already a “Bicycle Friendly Business” but this designation would apply to the community as a whole. Champaign has made significant strides in becoming a more bicycle friendly community in recent years. […]

Neighborhood Open House for John Street Restriping

An open house was held Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Champaign Church of Christ, 1509 W. John Street, to share information on the upcoming restriping of John Street, from Kenwood Road to Prospect Avenue. Staff from Public Works, Planning and the project consultant Foth Engineers, were present to answer questions. Each household in the […]

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 […]