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July 2016
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scoreOpportunity Score Mapping Tool

Online mapping tool helps users find transit-
employment centers

Redfin has recently launched a new mapping tool in partnership with the White House Opportunity Project, an initiative using open source data and digital resources to help families and communities. Opportunity Score is an online tool that helps Americans find homes within a 30-minute car-free commute of nearby jobs paying at least $40,000 per year. The tool assigns a selected location a rating from 0 to 100, representing the level of ease with which someone without a car could access a job within 30 minutes. A score of 100 represents the best rating that an area can receive for accessibility to jobs. 
As one might expect, when looking at the Chicago metro region, most of the highest rated areas are near the city and inner-ring suburbs. But even in parts of Kane County users will note that some locations near bus and rail transit lines rank in the 30s and 40s. One area in Elgin scored 53, identified as having "good job accessibility."
On the right side of the map, the web tool offers an information panel with details about jobs and housing costs for a selected location. Job categories are listed as a percentage of an area's total employment base. Housing costs for an area are listed as median home and rental prices for dwellings with one to four bedrooms.
The tool is powered by Walk Score, another popular mapping tool for gauging the walkability of a location. To learn more about Opportunity Score, visit the hosting page on Redfin or contact research@redfin.com

CDC launches toolkit for measuring health impacts 
of the built environment

Last year the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health published "The Built Environment: An Assessment Tool and Manual."
This document is aimed at community program staff to help them learn which built environment features they should measure based on which health behaviors or outcomes they are trying to affect.
The "BE Tool" measures core features and qualities of the built environment that are known to affect health, especially walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.
The core features assessed in the BE Tool include:
  • Built environment infrastructure, such as road types, curb cuts and ramps, intersections and crosswalks, traffic control, and public transportation.
  • Walkability, including access to safe, attractive sidewalks and paths with inviting features.
  • Bikeability, such as the presence of bike lane or bike path features.
  • Recreational sites and structures.
  • Food environment, such as access to grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers markets.
In addition, users can add questions or modules if more detail about an aspect of the built environment is desired (e.g. nutrition environment or pedestrian environment).
Visit the CDC's Division of Community Health page to access the complete BE Tool publication or just the sections that you need. Content for this article was provided by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Codes Workshop

Registration open for free Chicago training event

The National Association of Regional Councils, the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability will host a workshop on Tuesday, August 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr. - Willis Tower, Suite 800, Chicago) to discuss the upcoming vote on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. Registration is now open.

Please contact Dan Olson with CMAP at Dolson@cmap.illinois.gov for more information about the event. 

Dear KCPC Newsletter Readers,

Due to a publishing error, the June edition of the Kane County Planning Cooperative Newsletter was never distributed to our readers. The newsletter was posted to the county's website and can still be viewed here. We apologize for this lapse in circulation. 


The Kane County Planning Cooperative
Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3493 
tansleymatthew@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us

Kane County Planning Cooperative, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
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