Category: Planning & Development Department News

Bike to Work Day and Bike Lane Public Meeting a Success

On Thursday, May 14 the City of Champaign hosted two Bike to Work Day stations, one in Downtown Champaign and one at the Public Works Department. Hundreds of residents checked in at nine stations around Champaign-Urbana, enjoying food and coffee before continuing on to work. Planning and Development staff partnered with Hyatt Place to welcome…
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Information on Avian Influenza Shared with Coop Licensees

The University of Illinois Extension has shared information with local Coop License holders on preventing Avian Influenza, or “bird flu.” The virus has not been found in Illinois, but it has been identified in adjacent states and other parts of the Midwest. At this time, it is unknown how the virus is spread and humans…
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Visit Champaign County Toast to Tourism

On Wednesday, May 6, Visit Champaign County hosted their annual Toast to Tourism event at Parkland College Theater. The event recognizes the impact of tourism in Champaign County. Travel and tourism in Champaign County is reported to create over 2,500 jobs, generate over $63M in payroll and result in $306M in direct spending. This represents an…
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Planning Staff and Fire Staff coordinate to look at Future Growth

The Planning and Development Department Staff have been working with the Fire Department Staff to look at future growth for the City of Champaign.  The Fire Department is performing a study looking at their service areas and response times, while trying to stay in tune with current development patterns and projected growth. Senior Planners Jeff…
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City to Hold Public Open House on Green Street Streetscape Project

The City of Champaign, with Clark Dietz invites the public to an Open House on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM at Venue 51 located at 51 East Green Street. The Open House will begin with a brief overview presentation of the project followed by time for questions and review of…
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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…
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Bristol Place LEED-ND Master Wins Award

The Bristol Place LEED-ND Master Plan has won the award for “Best Neighborhood Plan” with the Illinois Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). CNU is a national organization which promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions. The Illinois Chapter of the CNU conducts an annual awards program to…
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Zone Champaign

Zone Champaign is a project in the Planning and Development Department to update the City’s Zoning Ordinance.  The first phase of the update focuses on the districts in the core of the city including Downtown, Midtown, Campustown and the neighborhoods surrounding them. Changes to be considered include the regulations for the design and scale of…
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Alternative Routes to Shopping Districts North of I-74

With the holiday season approaching, the City of Champaign is encouraging motorists to use one of the many alternative routes to gain access to the North Prospect and North Neil shopping districts. Both of these corridors are highly trafficked and experience congestion during holiday seasons and other special events; like campus move in weekend and…
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