Category: Planning & Development Department News

Neil Street Corridor Improvement Plan and Downtown Plaza Plan Website Launch

The Neil Street Corridor Improvement Plan and the Downtown Plaza Plan’s websites have been launched. These websites create critical communication portals for City of Champaign and the general public to learn about the on-going status of the projects, and keep up to date with the latest developments in the plans. The respective projects can be […]

Planning and Development Department Completes Website Upgrade

The Planning and Development Department recently launched their redesigned department webpages. The new pages include several updated features, including a new visual interface, quick links to the services most commonly requested of the department, and several new features, like assistance with conducting historical research on a property. The site is organized by the department’s major areas of […]

Hopscotch Bakery Opening is Sweet News for Small Business Incentive Program

Hopscotch Bakery and Market had their soft opening on July 14. Hopscotch is a woman-owned business registered in the City of Champaign’s Small Business Incentive Program. Business owner Kaya Tate showed patrons her new store and offered samples during the open house. Hopscotch officially opened its doors to the public on July 19. They sell desserts, […]

Planning Staff Helps Kids with Bikes, Bike Skills

Ben LeRoy, Associate Planner in the Planned and Development Department, assisted in the Let’s Get Rolling C-U Earn-A-Bike Program for local middle and high school students. This program was led by a partnership of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, the Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, and the Champaign Urbana Safe Routes to School Project. […]

Planning Staff Attends Ameren Act on Energy Symposium

Lacey Rains Lowe, Senior Planner in the Planning and Development Department, attended the 2017 Ameren Act On Energy Symposium in Springfield, IL to learn about changes to Ameren’s energy efficiency programs.  The symposium was very informative.  Sessions included information on Senate Bill 2814, known as the Future Energy Jobs Bill, which took effect this June.  […]

Planning Process Begins for Future Plaza

Members of the consulting firm MKSK joined Planning and Development Department staff for a series of on-site meetings to begin the planning process for the future downtown plaza.  MKSK project managers Eric Lucas and Aaron Kowalski joined the project team and other staff members for an initial discussion of issues and opportunities impacting the space.  […]

Land Connection Farmers’ Market Opens Third Season

Champaign’s Land Connection Farmers’ Market kicked off their third season on Tuesday, May 16. Planning Staff was at the Community Tent on May 30 for the first Market Seedlings Event for kids. Staff passed out pollinator and vegetable seed packets, and taught kids how to plant seeds. The City’s recycling programs were also promoted. Come […]

Visit Champaign County Sharing Use of Center City Kiosks

The five sidewalk kiosks located in Downtown, Midtown and Campustown will now display events promoted by Visit Champaign County (VCC).  VCC will utilize one side of each kiosk leaving the other side available for the Center City Map and promotion of other events in the Center City.  The use of the kiosks will still  be coordinated […]

2016 Farmer’s Market Stays Fresh, Helps Families

During Summer 2016, The City of Champaign was a proud sponsor of the Land Connection Farmer’s Market in Downtown Champaign. The Farmer’s Market was held on Tuesday evenings from May to October, and provided residents and employees in and around Downtown Champaign easy access to fresh local produce, crafts, prepared foods and many other items. […]

Champaign Planners serve in leadership roles in Professional Organizations

Staff of the Planning and Development Department has traditionally been active volunteers with the American Planning Association which is the largest professional membership organization for planners.  This involvement showcases the success of Champaign at a state and national level and also provides the opportunity to bring great ideas from other elsewhere home to Champaign. T.J. […]