Category: Planning & Development Department News

Hen Ordinance Update

On December 3, 2013 City Council adopted an ordinance that allows residents to raise up to six hens under specific conditions. Since that time, Staff has been answering inquiries from residents, speaking with the media and entering information into the City’s licensing software. The ordinance requires a coop license to be issued prior to a […]

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 ten years after an annexation, and the fire districts are reimbursed for five years, with the amount decreasing by twenty […]

Bristol Place LEED-ND Master Plan Neighborhood Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 Time: 6:00-8:00 PM Location: B.T. Washington School / 606 E. Grove St., Champaign What is your vision for a new Bristol Place Neighborhood? The City of Champaign is hosting a public workshop this Thursday evening concerning the creation of a master plan for the Bristol Place neighborhood. This engaging workshop […]

Bristol Place LEED-ND Master Plan Kick Off

The master planning process for the redevelopment of Bristol Place was kicked-off on Thursday, October 24 with the Bristol Place Steering Committee. This past summer City Council approved a contract with Farr Associates, a planning and design consulting firm from Chicago to help the City and Steering Committee create a vision for how Bristol Place […]

Every Bike Counts!

The University of Illinois is partnering with Champaign County Bikes to host the first-ever campus-wide bicycle census during Sustainability Week 2013. Volunteers will be dispatched across campus to help count parked bicycles during a one-hour period at 10am on October 23. The findings of the count will help inform future decisions around bicycle infrastructure, parking, […]

Hen Ordinance Making Progress

Following City Council direction, an ordinance to allow residents to raise backyard chickens is being drafted. An interdepartmental team including representatives from Police, Legal, Neighborhood Services, and Planning and Development Departments is working on the effort. The ordinance language will be part of Champaign Municipal Code, Chapter 7-Animals. The team is reviewing ordinances and procedures […]

C-U Safe Routes to School Upcoming Events

The C-U Safe Routes to School Project, of which the City of Champaign is a member, is promoting safe walking and biking for area schoolchildren through two upcoming Walk ‘n Roll to School Days.  The first event is on Friday, Sept. 6th for the balanced calendar schools of Barkstall Elementary, Kenwood Elementary, and Thomasboro Elementary. […]

Walk Champaign Pedestrian Plan Activities

The Planning and Development Department has conducted three of the eight Neighborhood Walkabouts scheduled for the Walk Champaign Pedestrian Plan. The most recent of these was attended by staff from several City departments, as well as Council Member Marci Dodds and members of the public. Participants walked around the neighborhood between Westside Park, Illinois Terminal, […]

Bicycle Friendly Community Recognition Event is July 9

The community is invited to an event to recognize Champaign being designated a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. The event will be Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. outside the City Building at the corner of Neil and Chester Streets. The event will feature the unveiling of the new Bicycle […]