Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT
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Joliet Historical Museum 
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432

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Melissa Silverberg 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) 

Focusing your plan for real results 

Planning at a smaller scale -- such as a neighborhood, corridor, or downtown area -- can deliver real benefits for communities. Hear from a panel of your peers who have completed sub-area plans that made a big difference for their residents about how they got it done.

Panelists will include:

Mike Schwarz, AICP, is the Planning Director for the City of Joliet and has been with the City since October 2016. The Planning Division manages the City's current development projects and long-range planning activities; administers and enforces the City’s Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and Historic Preservation regulations; and provides staff support to the City Council and various City boards and commissions. Mike is the project manager for the City’s next Comprehensive Plan, which is scheduled for extensive public engagement beginning in Fall 2019, with completion of a final plan anticipated in 2020. 

Bill Cooney has been with the Village of Mount Prospect for 25 years as the Director of Community Development. Prior to that he worked for five years for the Village of Arlington Heights in various planning positions. He has spearheaded numerous corridor plans, sub-area studies, downtown redevelopment plans and comprehensive plans that have guided the development of Mount Prospect over the past several decades.

Paul Hoss, Planning and Zoning Administration Coordinator, DuPage County. Hoss has worked to support corridor planning initiatives throughout DuPage County including the Route 83 Corridor Plan, supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program.

Lesley Roth, AICP, Associate Principal, Director of Urban Planning, RATIO. Roth has spent 15 years in architecture and urban design in the Chicago region, providing design direction and management of a variety of projects that emphasize public engagement, livable communities and sustainable design.

Julio Rodriguez, Executive Director, Northwest Side Community Development Corporation. Rodriguez worked to develop, and now implement, the Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan, which was completed in 2016 with support from LISC.

This event is one of several hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) that will connect local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 -- the region's new comprehensive plan -- can make a difference in your community. 

Each event will help you make meaningful connections with other communities and collaborate on some of our region’s toughest issues. A resource fair with opportunities and educational materials from CMAP's local and regional partners will also be available at each event. The Small Plans, Big Ideas event series will coincide with the 2019 joint call for projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning programs.  

Contact onto2050@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8802 with questions or to request reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Register today, and check back for more information on the event.