The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is located in Suite 800 of Sears Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive,
Chicago, IL 60606. Phone: 312-454-0400. Fax:
for directions to Sears Tower.
On September 1, 2006, the
CMAP Board issued its strategic report on the agency’s vision, governance, and
funding. The report is available at
www.chicagoareaplanning.org/docs/. CMAP was created through legislation (download
PDF) that unanimously passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly
and was signed into law by Governor Rod Blagojevich on August 8, 2005. This
new organization has combined the previously
separate transportation and land-use planning agencies for northeastern Illinois
into a single entity designed to protect natural resources and minimize traffic
congestion as the seven-county region plans for the 21st Century and beyond.
The list of CMAP board members reflects the regional consensus
that led to creation of CMAP, featuring representation from across the
counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. The
board is chaired by Gerald Bennett, mayor of Palos Hills.
The new agency is a consolidation of the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) and the
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC). On April 12, 2006, CMAP
hired Randall S. Blankenhorn as its
first executive director to oversee operations of the unified agency.
In signing the Regional Planning Act that created the new agency, Governor Blagojevich said:
“As Northeastern Illinois continues to grow and communities expand, we need
to make sure we’re planning ahead to accommodate the additional traffic and
increased demand on our transit systems. By combining the region’s existing
planning authorities into one board, we can maximize our limited resources and
improve coordination on both transportation and land use needs for the entire