Category: Planning & Development Department News

City of Champaign Competes in “Strongest Town 2022 Contest” 

The City of Champaign is proud to announce it has been selected as a finalist in the “Strongest Town 2022 Contest.” Strong Towns is a nationally recognized non-profit organization which advocates for communities becoming more financially strong and resilient through smart planning and development approaches. Conducted like a tournament bracket, Champaign will compete against other […]


Market Street Reopened in Downtown Champaign

In March 2020, the City worked directly with Downtown businesses to lessen the impacts to business due to the statewide closure of indoor dining and other COVID-related restrictions. This included the closure of some Downtown side streets and parking spaces in order to allow businesses to provide expanded outdoor dining options for customers. The City […]


City Planners Represent the City of Champaign at the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association Annual Conference

Staff from the Planning and Development Department participated in the annual conference of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association October 6-8 in Normal. The conference is an opportunity to share practices with other communities and to showcase work being done in Champaign. Zoning Administrator Ben LeRoy organized and presented a panel discussion entitled […]


Community Survey on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

A community survey on allowing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Champaign is now open to the public. ADUs are small secondary homes that many communities permit in backyards, however, they are not currently permitted in Champaign. ADUs can serve community benefits such as providing independent living for aging or disabled family members or just provide […]


ARP Community Engagement Events Were a Hit!

On August 10, 2021, the City hosted two Community Engagement Activities where the community provided input on how to best utilize the $25.2 million in Federal funding the City is receiving through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Finance Director Kay Nees started off the events by proving a brief presentation about the funding objectives and […]


City of Champaign Launches Second Round of Economic Support Grant Program to Assist Local Businesses

Program Designed to Reimburse Businesses for Expenses Associated with COVID-19 The City of Champaign is again accepting Economic Support Grant Program applications from qualifying Champaign businesses to provide financial assistance and mitigate the negative business impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funds can be used to reimburse businesses that purchased equipment or supplies to […]


City of Champaign Provides $433,330 in COVID-19 Relief Grants to 105 Local Businesses

The City of Champaign is pleased to announce that it has awarded $433,330.42 in COVID-19 assistance to 105 Champaign businesses through the City’s Economic Support Grant Program. In December 2020, the City accepted grant applications from local businesses seeking financial support to reimburse their expenses related to new safety measures implemented due to the pandemic. […]


City of Champaign Launches New Economic Support Grant Program to Assist Local Businesses

Program Designed to Reimburse Businesses for Expenses Associated with COVID-19 The City of Champaign is now accepting Economic Support Grant Program applications from qualifying Champaign businesses in order to provide financial assistance to businesses negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funds can be used to reimburse businesses that purchased equipment or supplies to […]


City of Champaign Announces Small Business Incentive Program Awardees

Forty-eight Champaign Businesses Receive COVID Relief Grants The City of Champaign congratulates the 48 small local businesses who were recently awarded Small Business Incentive Program – COVID Relief grants from the City. In total, $520,000 in grant funds were awarded to support our valued small businesses and help save local jobs. The average grant award […]


City Planning Staff Tours Costco

Planning and Development Department staff was invited to tour the progress on the Costco Wholesale store being built on north Neil Street next to Marketplace Mall.  Giving the tour were the new store managers who all recently relocated to Champaign.  The Costco will be 185,000 square feet in a new building located where the former Bergner’s Department […]