Category: Planning & Development Department News

Champaign Recognized with Planning Award

The American Planning Association – Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) has recognized the City of Champaign with its 2018 “Best Practice” Award for the City’s elimination of minimum parking requirements in and around Campustown and Downtown. Minimum parking requirements are a land use regulation requiring each new building to have a certain amount of parking based on its […]


Dockless Bike Share Service Launches in Champaign-Urbana

Champaign residents have a new way to get around town with the launch of dockless bike share. Rather than requiring riders to hunt for a fixed docking station when they’re done with a bike, dockless bike share lets riders park right by their destination, so long as there’s a legal and safe place to do so. Some […]


Kowalski Named Visit Champaign County Board Chair

Rob Kowalski, Assistant Director of the City of Champaign Planning and Development Department, assumed responsibility as the new Board Chair for Visit Champaign County. Visit Champaign County is the official destination marketing and management organization for Champaign County. Their mission is to advance the overall destination experience for the greater Champaign County area. Visit Champaign […]


Incentive Program Makes Big Investments in Small Businesses

The City of Champaign launched its Small Business Incentive Program in May 2016 when City Council approved $230,000 in one-time money for Small Business Development. The program is a matching grant where approved applicants can receive up to $7,000 in reimbursements for one-time business related expenses including marketing, financial assistance, education, legal assistance, equipment and […]


Staff Joins National League of Cities Focus Group

The City of Champaign was invited by the National League of Cities, along with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Enterprise and the American Planning Association, to participate in a focus group discussion on the issues of affordable housing, economic inclusion and workforce development.  Rob Kowalski, Planning and Development Assistant Director and Kerri Wiman, Neighborhood […]


Open House Workshop Meeting Held for Neil Street Corridor Improvement Plan

On March 29, Planning & Development Department Staff and Ratio architects hosted a public engagement opportunity for input on the “Preferred Alternative” of the Neil Street Corridor Improvement Plan.  Thirty-three residents attended the workshop and gave input on the proposed concepts which will be used to develop a draft plan moving forward.  The Open House […]


Downtown TIF Concludes after 36 years of Rebuilding Downtown Champaign

Downtown TIF Concludes after 36 years of Rebuilding Downtown Champaign On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Downtown Tax Increment Financing District officially ended and with it, the primary funding stream for 36 years’ worth of revitalization work.  The Downtown TIF was initially enacted on December 15, 1981 as a tool to reverse years of decline […]