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Rock Island Greenway Opening Day

Mar 25, 2015

Though it may not feel like it quite yet, Spring has officially begun!  Gather your family and friends for Opening Day at the newly opened Rock Island Greenway this Saturday, March 28.  See the flyer below for a list of event activities.  

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Regional Water Supply Planning: What are your concerns?

Mar 13, 2015

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with North Central Illinois Council of Governments, is leading a water supply planning process for the area comprised of LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, and Woodford Counties.  

The plan will address current and future water supply quantity and will help ensure that a sufficient quantity of water will exist in the future to support a high quality of life in our region.

We want to hear from you!  What are the water supply quantity concerns in your area? Where are these concerns occurring?  Please take five to ten minutes to answer the brief questionnaire linked below.  Deadline to respond to the survey is April 1.  

Regional Water Supply Planning Questionnaire

If you have any questions about this questionnaire or the planning process, please contact:

Nick Hayward at nhayward@tricountyrpc.org

Thank you for your involvement in this process!

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Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan: Informational Meeting

Mar 6, 2015

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will be working with communities throughout the Tri-County Area to develop a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP). A NHMP is a way for local communities to assess the risks associated with natural disasters, and find resources to mitigate them BEFORE a disaster strikes.

If your community is interested in learning more about the NHMP, please attend the informational meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 1:30pm at our office.

In the meantime, you may review our FAQs about Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan by clicking on the link below.

FAQs: Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

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Board Adopts Envision HOI Long Range Transportation Plan

Mar 6, 2015

On Wednesday, the PPUATS Policy Board voted to adopt the Envision HOI Long Range Transportation Plan.  

The plan is a guide to the future development and maintenance of the Greater Peoria Area's transportation system, including highways, freight, buses, and non-motorized transportation including pedestrians and bicyclists.  

One of the key elements of the Long Range Transportation Plan is the list of priority transportation projects identified by local jurisdictions.  In total, jurisdictions requested funding for 89 roadway and enhancement projects at  $587.8 million.  However, only $166 million of  funding is anticipated to be available for the next 25 years.  As such, projects were prioritized based on public input, regional significance, regional equity, the results of the Transportation Demand Model, and the goals of Envision HOI.  

The public was continually engaged throughout the planning process through a variety of communication channels, including public open houses, focus groups, an on-line engagement site, and our popular "innovation chalkboard."  The great feedback we received allowed staff to create a plan that truly reflects the needs and desires of our residents.  

To view the final draft of Envision HOI, click the link below.  

Envision HOI Long Range Transportation Plan

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Next Steps for the Hanna City Trail

Jan 29, 2015

Peoria County recently received grant dollars to help acquire a 25 mile rail corridor currently owned by Union Pacific Railroad.  The goal is to convert the corridor into a recreational trail that will run from Kickapoo Creek to just west of Farmington.  

For those interested in learning more, there will be a public meeting held at the Hanna City Village Hall (313 North First Street) on Wednesday, February 11th, at 5:30 pm.  Representatives from IDNR and Peoria County will be available to discuss the next steps for this rail corridor - currently known as the Hanna City Trail - now that the acquisition funding has been secured. A short agenda of the discussion topics is linked below.

Meeting Agenda

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Pete Saunders Settling In as TCRPC Executive Director

Jan 23, 2015

TCRPC welcomed Pete Saunders as its new Executive Director in November. Since arriving in the Peoria area, Pete has hit the ground running. He has met with numerous officials, groups, and citizens to gain a better understanding of how the region functions and the issues that our region needs to address. Pete is excited to take the helm at TCRPC, and "hopes to be a positive influence on the growth and development of a wonderful region."

A Detroit native, Pete has spent the bulk of his professional life in the Chicago area. He brings nearly 25 years of planning experience with him to Tri-County, having worked for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the City of Chicago, the City of Joliet, and most recently as a consultant. He earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a master's in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

You can keep up with Pete via his blog, The Corner Side Yard, in which he discusses issues affecting cities in the Midwest and across the US, including Peoria.

 

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The draft Long Range Transportation Plan - Envision HOI - is now available for review!

Jan 19, 2015

A draft of the Long Range Transportation Plan - Envision HOI - is now available for public review.  The plan includes broad goals and specific strategies for realizing our vision: 

The Greater Peoria Area will have a safe, balanced, regional, and multi-modal transportation system that creates an attainable and economically sustainable solution to connect communities to Areas of Opportunity, increase access, maintain infrastructure, and enhance environmental justice for current residents and future generations.

Additionally, the plan contains a list of short-term and long-term priority transportation projects that can be realistically funded with transportation dollars.  To review this project list, as well as our goals for the future of our transportation system, you may refer to our document on-line, or at one of 37 public review sites across the region.  The public comment period will be open from January 16 - February 16, 2015. 

To view the document on-line, click here.

To see the list of our 36 public review sites, click here.

Public comment sheet

Any comments can be sent to Jill at jgoforth@tricountyrpc.org or Katy at  kshackelford@tricountyrpc.org.

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Video Recap: Community Mapping Event

Nov 12, 2013

In September, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission held the You Are Here! Mapping event. The event featured an interactive mapping activity where attendees were able to decide where and how development should occur in the Tri-County region.  Discussions ranged from constructing the Eastern Bypass to re-investing in Peoria's inner-city neighborhoods.

Missed the event?  Want to learn more?  Check out the video compilation of the occasion below! 

You Are Here! Mapping event from Tri-County Regional Planning on Vimeo.

Thank you Videogenique for capturing our community in action!  

 

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Mapping our Communities- A Pilot Project in Delavan, IL

Nov 11, 2013

Online mapping has revolutionized the way we interact with geographic data, and its capabilities continue to evolve.  Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has access to a specific web-mapping platform that can be customized to individual communities.  

In order to measure the usefulness of this tool, TCRPC instituted a pilot project for the City of Delavan, Illinois.  The result is an online, interactive map that includes information about zoning, street improvements, landmarks, water mains, parks, and jurisdictional boundaries.  Both city staff and the general public have interacted with the map since its launch.  Feel free to view and explore the map here.  

TCRPC has begun the process of creating a similar map for the Village of Mackinaw.  If you think your community may be interested in this service, please contact Eric Miller at emiller@tricountyrpc.org.  

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Tri-County Staff Presents Recommendation For Public Art in the Warehouse District

Oct 11, 2013

Thursday evening, Tri-County planner, Katy Shackeford, presented recommendations to the Downtown Advisory Commission regarding public art in the Warehouse District.  Shackelford proposed various funding strategies for the City and suggested that ArtsPartners of Central Illinois could be an ideal administrator of public art programs in the district.  

Public art could come in many different forms, but for now, the idea is to place sculptures within several 5-foot-square concrete pads being constructed on Adams and Washington Streets.  The pads fit with city plans for making the Warehouse District pedestrian friendly.  

See the full Journal Star article here.

 

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Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

456 Fulton Street
Suite 401
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309.673.9330
Fax: 309.673.9802