Your Input is Needed at the Oak Park/River Forest CMAP Forum!

Photo courtesy of Steven Vance: Comments on what the plan should consider.

Photo courtesy of Steven Vance: Comments on what the plan should consider.

By Sally Stovall

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the official planning agency for the 7 counties that make up the Chicagoland region, is looking for your perspective on what the region should look like in 2050 as it draws up a new plan to succeed the GO TO 2040 plan.  The federal government requires every urbanized area of 50,000 or more inhabitants to create a regional plan.

Now in development, ON TO 2050 will be the next comprehensive plan for metropolitan Chicago. Our region has changed in significant ways since the GO TO 2040 plan, was adopted unanimously in 2010 by leaders from across the seven counties. Collaborative efforts at the local, state, and federal levels have helped to implement GO TO 2040 recommendations, yet difficult realities persist even as new challenges continue to emerge.

CMAP and its partners are beginning a series of ON TO 2050 Big Ideas Forums to engender debate about topics -- Climate, Economy, Government, Housing, Land Use & Development, Natural Resources, Transportation, and more -- that will shape the region's future. Participants will influence the policy emphases of this vitally important plan. In Oak Park, join area residents for an interactive forum to share your insight and wisdom about the region's challenges and opportunities.

“ON TO 2050” Planning Forum June 15, 2016m 7-8:30pm Oak Park Council Chambers of Village Hall 123 Madison Street, Oak Park RSVP to

If you can't join the discussion on June 15, there are other ways to share your input for the ON TO 2050 regional plan: