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Regional Planning Commission

Announcements and New Products

SMALL RURAL COMMUNITIES CHARACTER AREAS PILOT PROJECT: The SSCRPC is currently assessing the interest of the smaller (less than 10,000 in population) rural communities in our region to take part in a new pilot project. One to two of these communities will be selected to work with the SSCRPC and its consultant to create a visual design that improves the look of one of the communities roadway “character areas”. These are areas that were identified in the Sangamon County Regional Strategic Plan that give our region and its communities their unique character, and include such things as a town’s entry way or arrival area, a traditional residential or main street area’s streetscape, or even the streetscape of a commercial area.   Application information for communities in the county interested in partnering with the SSCRPC on this project can be found HERE.  Applications showing a community’s interest must be postmarked no later than Feb. 24, 2017.  We want to thank the Illinois Department of Transportation for its support for and assistance with this project.

BIKING SPRINGFIELD. The SSCRPC continues to add new interactive on-line applications for general public use to its website, and the newest one is "Biking Springfield". This new application pulls together information from several sources and displays existing bikeable routes throughout Springfield and the surrounding area. Along with mapping existing routes, biking amenities such as restrooms, bike racks, and more are displayed. And, the app is mobile friendly. The application is expected to grow as additional routes develop and are mapped. To use the app, visit the eMAP Room.





Planning Commission Project and Program Updates


The SSCRPC is now working with many of the municipalities in county to as they go about adopting the Sangamon County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.  The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K) requires that local communities have pre-disaster plans in order to be eligible for certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects.   Mitigation plans identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events.

In 2014, the SSCRPC received a grant to coordinate the planning efforts to update the existing mitigation plan.  Participating communities joined together to develop and share strategies to reduce the risk to life and property caused by natural disasters such as floods, tornados, winter storms and lightning, as well as build partnerships to share resources. The plan update was reviewed by FEMA and was found to meet the criteria of a multi-jurisdictional plan.  

Formal approval of the plan by FEMA will occur after each of the participating communities adopts the plan by passing an ordinance.  To learn more about the plan, click HERE.

The Citizens’ Efficiency Commission (CEC) for Sangamon County is an independent, advisory body established by referendum in 2010, with the purpose of improving “local government effectiveness by identifying opportunities for improved cooperation, coordination and reduction of duplication of services among local governments in Sangamon County." Click here for more information.

 The Sangamon County Regional Strategic Plan culminates years of planning effort by members of the community, expert planning consultants, and the SSCRPC.  The plan is intended to provide the vision for a vital cycle of growth in the region. Click here for more information.