Category: Planning & Development Department News

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, […]

Healey Street Converted From One-Way to Two-Way Traffic

On Friday, September 4, 2015, the City of Champaign Traffic and Lighting Division will be replacing signage on Healey Street, between First Street and Fourth Street, in order to convert Healey Street from one-way westbound traffic into two-way traffic. No lane closures are anticipated as part of the signage replacement, and no restriping will need […]

City of Champaign Awarded $50,000 from SBA’s “Start-Up In a Day” Competition

The City of Champaign was awarded the U.S. Small Business Association’s (SBA) first ever “Start-Up in a Day: Start Small” competition. Champaign was one of 25 cities selected out of 100 applicants. The SBA announced the winners at the White House Demo Day on Tuesday, August 4th. The $50,000 award will help fund the development, […]

UIUC Higher Education Diversity Business Opportunity Fair

Neighborhood Services and the Planning and Development Department staff attended the University of Illinois Higher Education Diversity Business Opportunity Fair on July 21. The Fair was well attended by both vendors and participants. It provided a great opportunity for small businesses and women and minority-owned businesses to network and learn about the procurement and application […]

Harwood-Solon House Tour

The Harwood-Solon House at 503 S. State Street is one of the most historic structures in Champaign County. Built in the 1860s and first occupied by Abel Harwood, the house was more notably owned by the Solon family for nearly 90 years.The Italianate-style home has been owned by the Preservation and Conservation Asscoation (PACA) of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MTD Kiosk

In early 2014, staff from the Planning and Development Department inquired about the possibility of locating an MTD kiosk on Church Street to create a more central and visible transit location near the busy intersection of Neil and Main Street. In late 2014, a new kiosk was installed thanks to the cooperation of the MTD, […]